BY: John Mamola

NFL Hall Of Fame Linebacker Derrick Brooks spent fourteen seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and never spent a down with another franchise.  Brooks was never traded once in his career, but was cut in 2009 by the Buccaneers and never found another place to call home.  Following taking a year off from football, Brooks officially retired on August 11th, 2010.

While Brooks did not test the free agency waters for more than once in his career, the Tampa Bay sports legend gave his advice to those facing the free agency period coming up beginning on Tuesday afternoon.

“For guys that are going through it now, first and foremost is stay out of the media,” he said on WDAE’s ‘The Sports Page’.  “Don’t do anything to hurt your economic situation or impact other guys that are in this situation.  This is the time of the year where teams ask them (the players) to make adjustments.  Whether it’s adjusting a contract or trying to help a team with some cap position, but this is the business side of football.”

Brooks knows all too well the business side of football in his current role of President of the Tampa Bay Storm, which he has held since April of 2011.