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Golden Nuggets: Farewell, Ahmad Brooks

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Your San Francisco 49ers links for Saturday, August 25th 2017

Like taxes and death, every offseason you come to expect the “San Francisco 49ers will release Ahmad Brooks” rumors will come to fruition, then the one year you don’t think it’s going to happen, the 49ers go ahead and do it.

And if there ever was a good year for them to do it, it’s this year.

Is Brooks a good linebacker? You bet. Aside from his boneheaded penalties, he was a force to be reckoned with, a hammer on the field, Drew Brees’s kryptonite. But although he has stellar play, he’s simply not needed this year.

The 49ers have or had Eli Harold into his third year and nipping at Brooks’ heels. Brooks is on the wrong side of 33 and on the final year of his contract. And while you may make the argument of why don’t the 49ers release Pierre Garcon for this same reason—tell me which wide receivers are nipping at his heels to take his job?

With younger players showing that they could take the reigns and a rebuilding year on the horizon, you simply do not need a 33 year old linebacker and that salary (note: I’m not too familiar on the dead money hit as of this writing). Put Harold in and see what he’s got. He’s been on the bench for 3 years, see if he can start and then you’ll know if you have another position to draft for next year.

And as for Brooks, he’ll go to a contender. I only hope it’s not Arizona.

Onto the links!

49ers release linebacker Ahmad Brooks (Maiocco)

Analysis: How the 49ers will replace veteran pass rusher Ahmad Brooks (Biderman)

Jimmie Ward to sit out 49ers' third preseason game (Biderman)

Five signs to watch in 49ers exhibition at Vikings (Inman)

49ers' D-coordinator Saleh on Bowman, Foster: 'They can do it all' (Maiocco)

Jimmie Ward's return comes at crucial time for 49ers' secondary (ESPN)

49ers NaVorro Bowman wants to play NOW (Inman)

‘I could feel the pole coming out of my leg’: Freak injury accelerated Kyle Shanahan’s career (Barrows)

Good news all around for Beathard family: 'He’s just the best person...' (Maiocco)

Marquise Goodwin's message to a young fan: 'Just know that you've got a lot of people that love you' (ESPN)

What you see isn't necessarily what you get with 49ers O-line (Maiocco)

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