ATLANTA -- Keith Brooking, the last remaining player from Atlanta's Super Bowl team, became a free agent Friday after failing to work out a new contract with the Falcons.
As a backup linebacker, he made eight tackles in the NFC Championship Game at Minnesota, where Atlanta upset the Vikings.
Brooking moved into the lineup the following season and had started every game since the beginning of the 2001 season, a streak of 128 contests.
"There are a lot of moving parts at this time, so I do not wish to comment on my situation," Brooking said in an e-mail. "There will always be a huge place in my heart for the Falcons and the Atlanta community, regardless of what my future holds."
Earlier this week, Atlanta cut ties with veteran safety Lawyer Milloy, who started the last three seasons. Also becoming unrestricted free agents at 12:01 a.m. Friday: linebacker Michael Boley, cornerback Domonique Foxworth, and defensive end Chauncey Davis.
Boley and Foxworth stated most of last season, while Davis was a key backup.
The Falcons are planning an overhaul of their defense, especially the secondary. They are not expected to be major players in free agency, preferring to do most of their work through the draft.
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