Report: Packers reach a deal with Ahmad Brooks

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The Packers rarely make moves for veteran free agents.

But they clearly feel like they need the linebacker depth.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Packers have agreed to a one-year deal with former 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks that could be worth up to $5 million.

Of course, the “up to” is always subject to a closer look at the real numbers, but the real story is that the Packers felt the need to add a 33-year-old linebacker.

With Julius Peppers leaving in free agency and some injury concerns among their existing options, they clearly felt the need to add to the mix.

Clay Matthews left early in Saturday’s game with an unspecified injury, though coach Mike McCarthy said it wasn’t a long-term concern. Nick Perry and Jayrone Elliott are also missing practice time, and fourth-round rookie Vince Biegel appears headed for the physically unable to perform list.

Brooks had 6.0 sacks for the 49ers last year, and their recent experience in keeping Peppers productive obviously makes them think they can use him.

66 responses to “Report: Packers reach a deal with Ahmad Brooks

  1. Excellent!! We needed to make this move. Foolish of Ted to think Fackrell n Biegel could provide all the depth we needed. Welcome to Green Bay Brooks

  2. Report: Packers reach a deal with Ahmad Brooks
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    “Ahmad Brooks has no other offers on the table, reluctantly settles to play for the Packers”

    There, fixed it for you.

  3. the real story is that the Packers felt the need to add a 33-year-old linebacker.
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    They could stand to add a starting safety, 2 starting corners, and 2 or 3 more quality lineman.

  4. He wants a chance to win a ring. That’s what most players want. Heck, half the Vikings would leave and sign with Green Bay if they could and were good enough.

  5. stellarperformance says:
    August 30, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    He wants a chance to win a ring. That’s what most players want. Heck, half the Vikings would leave and sign with Green Bay if they could and were good enough.

    **

    I’m curious as to how many other offers he turned down before he decided to chase that ring.

  6. Great signing if this was 5 years ago. He’s 33. He was getting burned in coverage last year.

  7. 13worldchampioinships says:
    August 30, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    August 30, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    He wants a chance to win a ring. That’s what most players want. Heck, half the Vikings would leave and sign with Green Bay if they could and were good enough.

    **

    I’m curious as to how many other offers he turned down before he decided to chase that ring.

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    He had zero offers. I wonder why

  8. Thompson made a move to close a gap. That’s what the great ones do in this situation.

    One hapless and tasteless team that shall remain unmentioned by name is actually trying to address their horrific shortcomings on both sides of the ball by playing their starters in game 4.

    LOL

  9. h0metownzero says:
    August 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Thompson made a move to close a gap. That’s what the great ones do in this situation.
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    The “great one” was also the one responsible for creating that gap.

  10. 13worldchampioinships says:
    August 30, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    I’m curious as to how many other offers he turned down before he decided to chase that ring.
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    And risk not passing “GO,” not collecting $200.00? Probably none. There aren’t that many teams with a high percentage of postseason expectations. Green Bay happens to be one of them. Win-win.

  11. In Teddy We Trust says:
    August 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    The best free agents are always available on August 30.
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    He was released four days ago. There hasn’t been enough time for moss to grow on his north side yet.

  12. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm
    Desperation move by a team and a GM that can’t run a draft.
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    And yet, somehow, Ted continues to field teams that “own” the Vikings!

    How does that make you feel?

  13. Were the Packers desperate?

    Perhaps.

    And the Packers were also desperate when they signed Andre Rison.

    A team in the hunt just shored up their biggest hole. Green Bay fans have every reason to be thrilled.

  14. I don’t know much about the no-name Packer defense, but from what I’m reading, this move indicates that the Packers have given up on Fackrell and Elliott and are worried about Perry’s injury. Also, Brooks is terrible at pass coverage, making him a poor fit for what the Packers like to do with their linebackers.

    So if the Packers suffer injuries to their injury-prone linebacker corps like what happened last year to their defensive backs, I guess we’ll have to listen to Packer fans whine about their bad luck again. It certainly has nothing to do with a lack of preparation.

  15. This is a good,wise signing for the Packers….and unusual. Brooks is no Von Miller, but he’s been consistent and just helped out this defense which goes into a season, the first in a while, with the needle pointing up. Go Pack.

  16. OH MY GOSH – I have some additional late breaking news on this deal.

    The Packers have somehow managed to keep their 1st and 4th round picks for next year.

    Imagine that.

  17. Sweet! Love to see the Packers add a guy like Brooks to the locker room – he’ll make the kids around him better just by being there –
    Also Packers have the makings of a pretty disruptive front three, a ton of speedy, hard hitting safeties and the CB position looks to be pretty good too – LB is the only place they don’t have depth
    For the trolls? they’ve made the playoffs eight years in a row – they’re fun to be a fan of – And their offense looks ready for bear(s)

  18. Desperation move by a team and a GM that can’t run a draft.
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    Don’t fool yourself… He’s drafted very well.. Rodgers, Jennings, Nelson, Cobb, Bak, Sitton, Lang, CMIII, HHC-D, Collins…

    He won’t compensate for his draft misses by adding free agents, and the coaches aren’t developing any defensive talent. Thats every bit as big a reason why this team hasn’t been back to the Super Bowl since 2010.

  19. The Packers have somehow managed to keep their 1st and 4th round picks for next year.

    Looking forward to seeing what defensive busts Ted wastes them. One or the NFL’s best traditions imo.

  20. There sure a lot of nervous Viking trolls here today. More nervous than usual after the Brooks signing.

  21. Wise decision Brooks didn’t consider Denver. Better to leave that sinking ship alone.

  22. No brainer signing Brooks. The minute I heard he was cut I posted that the Packers should sign him. If they use him right, he should get 8 or 9 sacks for them.

  23. A lot of comments from vikings fans. Have you seen your team play the second half of last season and this pre-season?? You have no room to comment. Your O-line is still the worst in football and your defense looked clueless against the 49er’s.

  24. He won’t be asked to cover much, didn’t the Packers draft a hybrid safety/LB for that? Besides, poor coverage is the status quo.

  25. stellarperformance says:

    There sure a lot of nervous Viking trolls here today. More nervous than usual after the Brooks signing.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    As usual, you bluster with false bravado.

    No one in MN is worried about the Packers signing Brooks, with the exception of the honest Packer fans that are gainfully employed in MN.

    Now if this was 5 years ago, Brooks signing with the Packers would have been a big deal. But TT would never have paid the price to trade for him or the cubic $$$’s to sign him to a FA deal when Brooks was in his prime.

    Bluster away – it’s what you do best.

  26. Don’t fool yourself… He’s drafted very well.. Rodgers, Jennings, Nelson, Cobb, Bak, Sitton, Lang, CMIII, HHC-D, Collins…

    He won’t compensate for his draft misses by adding free agents, and the coaches aren’t developing any defensive talent. Thats every bit as big a reason why this team hasn’t been back to the Super Bowl since 2010.

    7 4 Rate This

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    lol

    easy to draft well on offense with rodgers there

    it is the defense that has sucked

    for years

  27. “Ahmad Brooks has no other offers on the table, reluctantly settles to play for the Packers”
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    These Viking trolls really don’t know football do they? What you’re so ineloquently saying is that AB doesn’t want to play for a contender? Do I have that right?

  28. Looking forward to seeing what defensive busts Ted wastes them. One or the NFL’s best traditions imo.
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    Really, you don’t have anything better to do with your time than troll packers stories?

  29. No one knows if he had more offers or didn’t. Fact is the Pack got in first and got him to town first as he filled a need. Surprised we didn’t keep Peppers as he knew the system and locker room and was still producing. Brooks is aged but is still young enough to play a fair volume of snaps in the even of injury. Further it provides a buffer between Matthews, Perry and the kids that aren’t ready yet.

    No matter what anyone one posts on here it’s a decent signing.

    Go Pack

  30. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm
    OH MY GOSH – I have some additional late breaking news on this deal.

    The Packers have somehow managed to keep their 1st and 4th round picks for next year.

    Imagine that.
    ———————–

    You Sir, have just won the Internet today!

  31. allight59 says:
    August 30, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    This will hold Atlanta to only 50 points this year vs. GB….

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    You Sir, have just won the Internet today!

  32. Green Bay strenghtens it spot on top of the NFC North with another free agent move by TT.

    Vikings / Lions / Bears fight for the leftovers…………!!!!

  33. Here’s the deal………the Packers are better than the Vikings. That’s the bottom line. All the insults and putdowns in the world cannot change that fact, any more than praying, wishing, and hoping……..all mainstays of a Viking fans’ life.

    The Packer-hating trolls will have to stick their thumbs back in their mouths and take it. Again.

  34. pantherpro says:
    August 30, 2017 at 5:03 pm
    He’s done or would still be with Niners!
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    ……kind of like Blair Walsh, the starting kicker for the Seattle Seahawks, favored to win the West Division. Done like that?

  35. 250dollarnflowner says:
    August 30, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    TT must think Brooks is capable of running down 38 year old Larry Fitzgerald in OT
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    They had him trying 27 yard field goals……….just in case the waterboy, an old guy pulled from the stands, Mrs. McCarthy, and a Brownie walking past selling cookies couldn’t do it. Because, you know, just about anybody can.

    Yeah, I know, Wide Left is over and done with. So is the NFCCG overtime loss to the Cardinals. Did you get that? The NFCCG overtime loss, in which they were heavy underdogs, and on the road.

    Try it sometime. Then come back and tell us how easy it is.

    Viking trolls……..all hat, no cattle.

  36. Hmmm….For a Packer hater, In Teddy We Trust sure has been following their personnel (looking over his shoulder) pretty closely. Paranoid anyone??

  37. Butt but but I thought Packers are already preseason champs. Why need a player who’s already done. John Lynch knows he can no longer play. What a waste again for the Packas.

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