Free-agent outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks is on his way to a visit with the Green Bay Packers, according to Ian Rapoport for the NFL Network.
The report strongly hints Brooks will not leave Green Bay without a contract, provided the offer is right.
A 2013 Pro Bowl selection, Brooks spent the past nine seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, registering no fewer than 5.0 sacks in a given year. In 2016, he managed 53 tackles, 6.0 sacks and 1 forced fumble in 16 starts.
San Francisco is in rebuilding mode, and opted to release Brooks, 33, last Friday. The club chose to do so in August to give a franchise favorite a better chance at catching on with another team.
What Brooks’ visit means for the Packers
Adding Brooks would give the Green Bay defense more options. In particular, it might allow Packers linebacker Clay Matthews to switch between inside and outside linebacker, throwing different looks at opponents in different situations.
As it stands now, Green Bay doesn’t have much depth at either linebacker position. Brooks might be better suited in a rotational role as opposed to every-down starter at his age, but based on his performance last season, there is something left in the tank.
The Packers don’t sign free agents often, so it remains to be seen if the club’s offer will be enough to keep Brooks from hopping a plane out of town. Provided he stays, it’s a good low-key signing just before the regular season starts.