Fresh start has Brooks confident

With Aaron Brooks in the fold, the Raiders can play a lot of misdirection. But was it the right move? At least the quarterback has confidence.

Whether he proves to be an improvement over ousted Kerry Collins remains to be seen, but Aaron Brooks appears as though he will be the Raiders' starting quarterback next season after agreeing to a two-year deal with the team Wednesday.

"I have a job to do," said Brooks. "I have to run the offense the best I can whether it's complicated or simplified. That's my job week in week out. I expect nothing but the best."

The contract is worth around $8 million. Brooks will compete with Marques Tuiasosopo and Andrew Walter, but is expected to at least open the season as the starter.

Brooks threw 17 interceptions and just 13 touchdowns last season, but new Raiders coach Art Shell likes that Brooks brings a veteran presence to the position.

"Aaron gives us great depth at the quarterback position and provides us with a veteran presence," Shell said.

The Raiders' unsettled quarterback situation comes in a season in which they are selling their own tickets for the first time since returning to Oakland 11 years ago.

"Every year's a new start, a new beginning, new opportunities to go to the Super Bowl," added Brooks.


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