In this weeks addition of Who Should Stay/Who Should Go, I will discussing whether another veteran linebacker should be brought back next season. Keith Booking joined the Cowboys in 2009 after spending the first 11 years of his career with the Atlanta Falcons.
While with the Falcons, Brooking had a streak of 8 straight season of at least 100 tackles. He carried that over to the Cowboys in his first season with the Boys recording 106 tackles. Even last season, Brooking had 97 tackles and was a very productive for the Dallas defense along side Bradie James.
Just like James however, Brooking was met with the rising play of Sean Lee and this meant that his playing time was going to be split in half. Although Brooking appeared in all 16 games with the Cowboys he was a shell of his former self, only recording 50 tackles. Now while 50 tackles in a part time role is not terrible, it is hard to over look in a season where the Cowboys defense struggled and at times lacked leadership and discipline.
I myself think that unlike James, Brooking’s career is reaching the end and that the numbers he put up last season may be exactly what you are going to get from him in the near future. Brooking has been in the league for 14 years and has been incredibly durable in his career, Brooking played in at least 15 games in 12 of his 14 season including 11 straight 16 game seasons. I think Brooking is a great guy to have to teach young guys like Sean Lee and even make small contributions, but I do not see the Cowboys bringing back an aging veteran for a multi-year deal and I don’t know if Brooking will return to the Cowboys for just a one year deal. I think Brooking’s short tenure with the Cowboys has ended and that the Cowboys are going to move more in the direction of youth rather than the aging veteran. What do you all think? Sound off below.