Originally posted by ImaMod:
We hit and miss with OLBs for 5 years and we finally find a couple and people get mad that we resign him for $17 mil guaranteed ($44 mil total)...
3-4 OLBs are very hard to find because they require such a large skill set... A good OLB has to be able to...
rush the passer
be strong against the run
set the edge
occasionally drop back in coverage, and...
play with a hand in the dirt sometimes.
Brooks is definitely worth the money because he's the most complete OLB on the team right now. (Aldon needs work against the run and in pass coverage).
Slightly edited but with the main points emphasized... (thanks ImaMod)
Note to all those zoners who are questioning this contract: This was a bargain!! If Brooks hits the open market, he gets perhaps $22-25 mil guaranteed. He is a special player (for the reasons above) and was by far the best OLB on the market.
Simply put, I don't think many of you realize how good a player Brooks actually is... IMHO, he has the talent to make multiple
Pro Bowl teams. When he was drafted, he was considered an elite
athlete and only some character concerns kept him from being a first round pick. He is now 28 and much more mentally mature.
Brooks played virtually every down on a championship caliber defense and by all accounts, played a huge role in making it so. What is not to like about resigning a guy like that for a deserved raise when he is in his prime? Also, before the signing the team was woefully thin at OLB having kept just 3 on the entire roster all of this past season and this now allows the Niners to avoid having to take an OLB in their first 3-4 selections in the upcoming draft. Gee, that sucks!
Quit your b*tchin!
[ Edited by nw9erfan on Feb 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM ]