Breaking News: Brooking Voids Contract

A league source told's Adam Caplan that Atlanta Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking has notified the team of his intention to void the final year of his contract, thus making him an unrestricted free agent on Friday.

Brooking had to receive 35 percent of the defensive snaps in any of the first three years of his four-year deal to void the fourth season.

"Keith Brooking is a player who contributed a lot to us on the field and off the field," Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said at last week's Scouting Combine. "We are in the process now of having discussions with his representatives. Part of this process here is determining what is out here in the draft. What are the possibilities verses what we have. We have not made that final decision yet. That is part of the reason why we are here to determine if we are going to go forward with some of our players.

"To be quite honest with you, with Keith, he has to decide what's best for him. We'd like to have him back, but he has to decide what's best for him in free agency."

Dimitroff would not say anything about the terms of Brooking's ability to void the contract at the time. "He's got some specific stuff in his contract … he's got some decisions to make as well."

This doesn't mean that Brooking won't come back to the team, just that he will test the market and see what he can get on both money and starting time. It is well known that Atlanta wants to get faster on defense.

Stay tuned to for more details!

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