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Derrick Brooks Not Giving Up On Playing Football

Posted Jan 12, 2010 by Anwar S. Richardson

Updated Jan 12, 2010 at 01:45 PM

If you think Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks has given up on playing football, it is time to change that thought.

Brooks is still optimistic he can return to the NFL in 2010. Free agency does not begin on March 5, but Brooks hopes he can still be in the mix.

After Tampa Bay released Brooks in 2009, the linebacker was unable to sign with any other team. New Orleans and Chicago showed interested in Brooks, but each went in different directions.

Although it is unlikely Brooks will play for Tampa Bay in 2010, do not think it’s unlikely he will ever play again.

Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter sat out of football for 20 months once Tampa Bay released him after the 2007 season. Trotter did not play in 2008 and returned to Philadelphia in August 2009 after Stewart Bradley tore his ACL. Trotter appeared in 13 games this season and had 32 tackles in spot duty. The same could happen for Brooks.

Brooks is still in shape and waiting for the phone to ring, so do not expect a retirement announcement anytime soon.

Anwar S. Richardson