49ers Mailbag: The impact of Brooks' deal


49ers Mailbag: The impact of Brooks' deal

The bar has been set for Dashon Goldson and Carlos Rogers, Pro Bowl players in the 49ers secondary who do not yet hold contract offers to return to the 49ers next season.
The 49ers signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks to a six-year extension. The maximum payout is 44.5 million, and his agent said that 17.5 million is guaranteed.Let's go to the 49ers Mailbag to answer some questions . . .

What changed with Brooks? You seemed all but certain that he would walk. (Matt Brantley)
That answer will likely be available later this week when the true contract numbers of the contract are filed with the league. The agent typically controls the first wave of reported contract numbers, and almost without fail those figures are inflated.There are a lot of people around the league who are curious to see exactly how much the 49ers paid to retain Brooks, who played well last season in his first year as an NFL starter. In five previous NFL seasons, Brooks started a combined an eight games.RELATED: Ahmad Brooks 2011 game logs splits career stats
I was not certain Brooks would leave the 49ers as a free agent. But if you told me that Brooks would only re-sign as the third-highest paid 49ers player at 7.4 million annually (behind only Patrick Willis and Justin Smith), then -- yes, I would've figured he would not return. Now that the 49ers have signed Ahmad Brooks, who is likely going to be the odd man out of the free-agent returnees? (Bryon Hughes)
Quarterback Alex Smith will be re-signed. And safety Dashon Goldson will be back. The 49ers can easily retain him under the franchise tag by the March 5 deadline.So that leaves cornerback Carlos Rogers, who has repeatedly said he wants to be back with the 49ers but he also wants to be paid fair market value. His agent might consider fair market value for a Pro Bowl cornerback to be in the 10 million annual range.RELATED: Carlos Rogers 2011 game logs splits career stats
It seems unlikely Rogers will re-sign before the March 13 opening of free agency. Then, the market will determine the rest. If the other NFL teams are reluctant to placate Rogers with the kind of contract he desires, then there's a strong chance the 49ers could re-enter the race.With Ahmad Brooks signing a long term deal will he and Aldon Smith be the OLBs? Are Parys Haralson's days numbered? (Danny Wright)
Brooks was an every-down player last season, and now he has the contract that guarantees he'll be playing full-time in the 49ers' front seven for the foreseeable future.Is Aldon Smith going to be an every-down player in 2012? When I posed that question to general manager Trent Baalke last week, Baalke seemed to think it was laughable that I'd even be ask something with such an obvious answer."Huh," he said laughing. "Yeah. I think that's safe to say. Yes."RELATED: Baalke -- Aldon Smith will be every-down player
Parys Haralson has a 2.45 million scheduled salary for 2012. His days with the 49ers might not be numbered -- because, remember, the 49ers don't have any depth at outside linebacker. But his days as a starter are definitely over as long as the 49ers remain at full strength with Brooks and Aldon Smith.The question then becomes if the 49ers feel Haralson's salary is in line with a role player who does not play much on special teams. They might ask him to re-do his contract.

New York Giants release kicker Josh Brown

New York Giants release kicker Josh Brown

The New York Giants released placekicker Josh Brown, the team announced on Tuesday.

The NFL suspended Brown for the season opener in Dallas for violating the League’s Personal Conduct Policy.  That suspension was based on his May 22, 2015 arrest on domestic violence charges, which were dismissed approximately five days after the arrest.

Brown served his suspension, returned to the Giants on September 12, and subsequently participated in five games. 

Last Wednesday, approximately 24 hours before the Giants were to depart for London, new information was released by authorities in Washington State.  The new materials disclosed a history of alleged domestic violence by Brown.  On Thursday, the Giants announced Brown would not accompany the team to London, where they played the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. 

Last Friday, the NFL, at the Giants request and citing the documents released two days earlier, placed Brown on the Commissioner Exempt List. 

Today, the Giants released Brown.

“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” said team president John Mara. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided.  We accept that responsibility.

“We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father.  We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling, and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.

“We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter.  We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Statement from Josh Brown:
"The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life.  My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man.  I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way.  In the coming days and weeks I plan on telling more of the pain I had caused and the measures taken to get help so I may be the voice of change and not a statistic.  In the interim I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down."

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49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

SANTA CLARA -- In the early afternoon Monday after the 49ers’ day-after-game meetings concluded, the players were excused for the next seven days.

Coach Chip Kelly opted to give the 49ers a week break, rather than going through a couple days of practices before providing the players with a mandatory four consecutive days off during the bye week.

The 49ers on Sunday dropped to 1-6 on the season with a 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But there will be no extra practices to attempt to sharpen their performance.

“They’ve been at it since July 31st,” Kelly said. “They haven’t had more than one day off in a row. So I think at this point in time that’s what our whole MO has always been.

“They’ll meet with our strength and conditioning coaches. They have their lifting programs in terms of what they can do and what they have to do. And I think at this point in time we need to heal up. I think it’s a good break for them to do what they need to do and that’s the way I’ve always done it and our teams have been fresh coming out of the bye week.”

While the players will be off for a week, Kelly said the coaching staff will continue to work through Friday in an attempt to identify areas in which they can improve and snap out of their six-game losing streak on Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints at Levi’s Stadium.

“We’ve got a lot of self-scout that we have set aside,” Kelly said. “We’ll be in here all week kind of looking at what we’ve done in the first seven games, what have our opponents done to us in the first seven games relative to what we thought going into the game based on the break downs. Did they change?

“If they were 60-percent pressure going into our game and they were only 30-percent pressure in our game, trying to delve into how people are defending us. How are people attacking us from an offensive standpoint in terms of attacking our defense and what their tendencies were going into the game and then what actually transpired in the game. So we’ve got a lot of film work and a lot of studying to do here during this week.”

Kelly reiterated on Monday that he is not looking at leaving the 49ers after this season. He said he has not heard from any schools with coaching openings or potential openings. Kelly said he has tried to remain focused on his job through the longest losing streak he has ever experienced as a coach.

“No one’s happy, so I don’t know if the word’s anguish, but I mean obviously you try to keep it consistent in terms of your approach to everything that you do,” Kelly said. “I don’t think being consistent and being even-keeled means that it doesn’t bother you or that you’re not frustrated in terms of what’s gone on.”

Kelly said the 49ers have the talent to win games. When asked why the coaches have not been able to extract more victories, Kelly placed the blame for the team’s poor play on himself and his staff.

“That’s on us,” Kelly said. “I agree 100-percent in terms of what you’re saying. But our job is to put our players in position to make plays and we’re not doing a good enough job of that right now.”