Derrick Brooks Would Look Perfect in Cardinal Red

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches play against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on November 30, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals are lacking. Isn't that a strange way to describe the defending NFC Champions?

Let's face it Cards fans, Arizona needs all the help they can get.

At what position you ask?

A Captain. A leader. An emotional force that will get them through the ups and the downs.

I'm, of course, talking about Derrick Brooks.

Many of you say, that's kind of crazy. He's lost a step. He was released, for God's sake, so something has to be wrong with him!

The reality of it is this: all those years the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were having success, he was the fuel behindhim and the likes of Warren Sapp, of course.

Brooks has been heralded as one of the premier linebackers in the game for many, many years.

What makes Brooks great?

Is it the fact that he revolutionized the position, much like Lawrence Taylor.

Whoa! That's a bold statement. What Taylor did for the position, Brooks critiqued. Taylor was all about sacks, where Brooks is all about finesse. Reading plays, stopping them before they start. He's a defensive genius.

So why not sign him?

He would be a perfect fit for a defense that's trying to find its true identity. Much of last season had it's share of surprises for the Cardinal defense, but there was no clear cut leader.

Brooks could be that leader.

Has he lost a step or two? Yes of course, but what he brings to the table is experience, a winning attitude, and of course, a Super Bowl ring.

Brooks could be that guy that puts the Cardinals over the top. He won't be an every-down starter, but he would be in the rotation guaranteed.

If the Cardinals are truly looking to get back to the big show, and maybe prove they weren't a one-year wonder, they need to make the necessary steps.

Signing Derrick Brooks would be a franchise move, and the right move.