Former 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks is landing on his feet, reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers will sign Ahmad Brooks to a one-year deal that can be worth up to $5M, a source told the NFL Network.
The #Packers are signing LB Ahmad Brooks to a 1-year deal that can be worth up to $5M, source said. Another(!) GB free agent signing coming.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2017
The 49ers ended Brooks’ nine-year run with the team on Friday. The club released him after unsuccessfully attemping to find a trade partner.
Brooks, 33, ranks No. 3 all-time in sacks in 49ers history with 51.5 sacks behind Bryant Young (89.5) and Charles Haley (66.5).
The 49ers said the timing of the release was to allow Brooks a better opportunity to find another team before the start of the regular season.
“Doing it right now is more just in the best interest for Ahmad," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "It’s a real tough decision. John (Lynch) and I had gone back and forth with it the last few days. Once we really came to the conclusion he wasn’t going to be a part of our final 53, we weren’t going to keep him around just to let him know nine days from now.
"We know there’s a lot of teams that will be interested in him. So we gave him that opportunity to go out and find them.”
The 49ers announced Eli Harold would start at the strong-side linebacker position. Dekoda Watson is expected to serve as a backup with several other players who line up at the “Leo” defensive end position capable to playing that spot, too.
Brooks was twice named to second-team All-Pro. He was named to the Pro Bowl team in 2013 as a key member of the 49ers’ defense, which led the team to three consecutive trips to the NFC Championship game, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII.