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Brooks open to 32 teams, including Bucs

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March

UPDATE, 5 P.M.:

Derrick Brooks says he does want to play one more season but still is evaluating all options, including retirement.

Brooks told me his position has not changed since he was released Feb. 25 after 14 seasons with the Bucs.

"I do want to play one more season, but I'll evaluate that option about returning if the right opportunity comes my way,'' Brooks said by telephone Tuesday. "To me, it's not changed since my press conference.

"It's no different than what I said before, I'll entertain this option just like I entertain other options. If one is more suitable, I'll take it, in terms of football, non-football, something in the community, whatever it may be.''

Brooks said he is working out and preparing as if he will play a 15th season.

"I'm doing what I always do this time of year, preparing to play,'' Brooks said. "The only change is where I'm doing it.''

Brooks says his agent, Roosevelt Barnes, has informed him that he will be involved in the 'second wave,' of free agency. He said he would even consider returning to the Bucs if for some reason they needed him.

"All 32 teams I'm entertaining, including our own,'' Brooks said. "If something happens and they call me, I'll consider that. Most people think once a team cuts you, you want nothing to do with them. But if they called, I would listen to what they have to say.''

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Linebacker Derrick Brooks says he has decided to play at least one more season and has not ruled out playing for a rebuilding team, even the Bucs if they still want him.

Brooks, who turns 36 on April 18, said it's important to him to play a 15th season.

"I've still got the Jones to play,'' Brooks told NFL.com. "I committed myself to playing one more year. I had one more year left on my contract before I was released. I wanted to finish that out and get to 15. Getting to 15 is still my plan.''

The 11-time Pro Bowl player said he still could retire if he didn't find an offer to his 'liking.' But Brooks says that doesn't seem to be the case after being contacted by several teams and believes he will be considered in the 'second wave' of free agency.

"The only difference in what I've done from the past is where I'm working out,'' Brooks said. "A few teams have called, and at some point, we'll talk a little further. Right now, I'm just evaluating.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:28pm]

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