The San Francisco 49ers were dealt a double blow at inside linebacker when Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retired over the last two weeks. Since then, we have had discussion about free agents and draft options. However, a third option has been brought up: moving Ahmad Brooks back into inside linebacker.
Brooks started his career inside and eventually moved outside, where he has spent his entire time with the 49ers. This past year saw Aaron Lynch emerged as a legitimate presence outside, providing the team with depth at the position, even with the departure of Dan Skuta. From a numbers stand-point, it could make sense to move Brooks inside as a short-term fix.
According to head coach Jim Tomsula, the team has not given consideration to that up to this point. He did not appear to rule it out in the future. Of course, he also said, "and if we did, I really wouldn't get into it." That could be read like, this is what we're doing, and if I'm lying, you won't know. But it also could mean they'd say yes or no and not get into any detail. You can believe what you want from his comments.
The ILB depth chart currently would have NaVorro Bowman and Michael Wilhoite in the starting lineup. Nick Moody and Shayne Skov would be the two backups. The team is reportedly bringing in Erin Henderson for a visit on Wednesday, and likely will add at least one player in the draft. Brooks seemingly would be no more than an emergency option at this point. Of course, given how this offseason and injuries last season went, emergencies can pop up pretty quickly.