Earlier this week the Green Bay Packers announced the signing of two-time All-Pro linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Brooks was previously released by San Francisco on August 25, as part of the 49ers’ rebuilding process. Brooks will look to fill the pass-rusher void left by Julius Peppers who racked up 25 sacks for the Packers over a three-year span before returning to Carolina this offseason.
Brooks posted a solid six sacks last season and should help the Packers in the pass rush, joining Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and second-year Kyler Fackrell as linebackers who can rush the passer. The addition of Brooks will help take the focus off of Matthews and Perry in pass rush situations potentially leading to more sacks for the defense. If Fackrell can really emerge in year two, the Packers would boast one of the best outside linebacker groups in the league. Brooks (33) is also four years younger than Peppers and has shown he is still able to help out in the run game as well, posting fifty-three tackles for the 49ers last season. In Brooks, the Packers gain a well-respected, talented player who should contribute to this Packer defense which is looking to improve on its performance last season.