Linebacker Ahmad Brooks, one of the instrumental players on defense for the 49ers the past three seasons, has signed a six-year, $44.5 million extension to stay in San Francisco. $17.5 million of the contract is guaranteed. Brooks will be with the 49ers through the 2017 season and if his production in his three-year tenure with team is any indication of how the next six-seasons will go, the defense is in good hands.
“Something was telling me just to sign here. I feel like this is where I should be. These are the people who gave me a chance to get this contract.” Ahmad Brooks
Brooks only became a starter this past season however his numbers with the 49ers look every much like he has been starting all along. In his three seasons with the 49ers, Brooks has posted 83 tackles, 18 sacks, six forced fumbles and one interception. Brooks along with Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith created the best linebacker corps in the NFL and helped the defense to only allow 14.3 points per game, 77.2 rushing yards per game and three rushing touchdowns all season. Having all four back for the 2012 season will instill fear in opposing offenses.
Re-signing Brooks is obviously the right thing to do and the contract is not as big as I thought he would command. In fact, I am surprised Brooks did not test the free agency market. It’s a good thing he didn’t because a team would have probably offered more to Brooks, but him signing shows his commitment to the 49ers and the direction the franchise is taking.
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Brooks in the third round of the 2006 supplemental draft. He languished in Cincinnati for two seasons before being cut in 2008. Brooks introduced himself to Niner fans right away in his first season in 2009 setting a franchise single-season record with five forced fumbles. Last season he had 50 tackles, one forced fumble and seven sacks. Welcome back to the team Brooks!
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