Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What's Next For Ol' 55?
TAMPA - Derrick Brooks was obviously blindsided by the Bucs decision to release him. He admittedly needed some time to absorb the hit and having taken that time he will address the media this morning at One Buc Place. Early this morning, speaking to ESPN's "NFL Live," he made it clear he wants to continue playing football but not under just any circumstance. In a preview of what he'll tell the media today, Brooks said that it will take a situation much to his liking to get him back on the field next year. "I do [want to continue playing]," Brooks said. "But we'll see what the interest is out there and what the options are that come along with it. We'll see what teams call and look at it with my family. If there's one I'm comfortable with I'll move forward. If not, I won't."Brooks said the news of his release was "shocking" to him but that he is prepared to face the challenges it presents the same way he faces challenges on the field. "I approach this challenge as I don every challenge - with my three keys to life - prayer, perspective and purpose," Brooks said. "I'll see what door the Lord is going to open for me next with those three things in mind." Brooks also confirmed what Bucs coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik said on Wednesday, that his release was based on a desire to give younger players a chance to play more. "My situation had nothing to do with money," he said. "Coach Morris and Mark Dominik told me it was more about wanting to give the younger guys an opportunity to step forward. Whether I agree or disagree at the end of the day that's the direction they want to go in and I wish 'em well." Something to consider, although one shouldn't read too much into it, is the fact Brooks will address the media from One Buc Place. This could be the first step in him taking an off-field job within the organization. It seems a little early for Brooks to announce the next step he plans to take, but we're wondering what you, the fans, think. Should Brooks continue playing and seek another team or should he retire?