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Brooks waiting patiently

By ROGER MILLS

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 22, 2001


TAMPA -- Linebacker Derrick Brooks said Tuesday he is paying close attention to negotiations between the Bucs and his agents, Eugene Parker and Roosevelt Barnes. The four-time Pro Bowl player and two-time All-Pro said he is aware of the ticking clock.

"From what I hear, talks have been made," Brooks said. "I'm trying to be as patient as I can. Everything I have heard is positive. If I start running out of patience, everyone will know. I'm not angry."

In his quest for a new deal, Brooks was a holdout for the first 10 days of training camp. He has two more years on a deal that will pay him about $3.5-million a year. Brooks reportedly is seeking a contract extension and signing bonus that would make him the highest-paid linebacker in the game.

Last week, Barnes said the parties were close to an agreement and something could be announced this week. When Brooks reported to camp he said he hoped a deal would be struck by the start of the regular season, Sept. 9 in Dallas.

"I've made my point, and they are negotiating," Brooks said. "I'm trusting on the relationship that they have always had, they always find a way to get it done. As long as (Barnes and Parker) tell me things are working and being positive, I'm going to stay positive."

As for the apparent deadline?

"They know it, and we know it," Brooks said. "I'm trying not to watch it."

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