"Our family and the entire Tampa Bay community owe Derrick an indescribable measure of gratitude for all that he has meant over the last 14 years. His play on the field and leadership in the locker room helped resurrect our franchise and we look forward to celebrating his certain enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame,"Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer announced in a statement.
Derrick Brooks was a 11 time Pro Bowl LB and former first round pick out of Florida State in 1995. He was a key component for the 2002 Super Bowl team, as they beat down the Raiders. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as one of the best coverage linebackers ever.
With this move, the Bucs are trying to restart. They have a new coach, new defensive coordinator, and new philosophy. The Cover 2 is being replaced, and Brooks was one of the best linebackers in that system. Brooks was able to play WLB and make open field tackles downfield, while covering.