The Green Bay Packers are signing linebacker Ahmad Brooks to a one-year deal, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The deal will pay Brooks $3.5 million in base salary, with the opportunity to earn as much as $5 million.
The veteran outside linebacker was released by the San Francisco 49ers last Friday, putting a stop to a tenure in the Bay Area that began in 2008. Rapoport reported two days after Brooks’ release that the linebacker was slated to visit the Packers, with the Denver Broncos also interested in Brooks’ service. Sure enough, the former Supplemental Draft pick visited Green Bay on Tuesday.
Outside linebackers coach Winston Moss wasn’t initially worried about how Brooks would fit in the scheme.
“He can do everything that we would ask him to do in our scheme,” Moss told Packers News. “He can play to the tight end side, he can play to the open-end side. He can play the outside linebacker, he can play the elephant. If he were to be placed on our roster – however that decision goes down – he could come right in and fit right in.”
Brooks earned sporadic playing time during his first two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. After working out the kinks with the 49ers, the Virginia Cavaliers product earned a regular spot in 2011, starting in at least 13 games in each season since.
He was recognized as a second-team All-Pro in 2012, which rung in a six-year extension worth $44.5 million at the conclusion of the season.
With his first team outside of San Francisco since 2008, Brooks and the Packers welcome the Seattle Seahawks to Green Bay on Sept. 10 for the Week 1 opener.