Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has quickly found a new home. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that Brooks has agreed to a one-year contract with the Green Bay Packers that could be worth up to $5 million.
The 49ers released Brooks last Friday, declaring Eli Harold the winner for the SAM linebacker competition. Brooks entered training camp seemingly the front-runner, and when Harold suffered a concussion early in camp, it seemed like Brooks was a lock for the roster. However, Harold returned, and the team was sufficiently impressed with him to move on from a veteran like Brooks.
The 49ers’ decision to part ways with Brooks leaves them with a lot less depth at linebacker. Harold was in line to be the backup, and now, it would appear Dekoda Watson is the primary SAM backup. Pita Taumoepenu could potentially play some SAM, but has played almost exclusively as a pure edge rusher.