Originally posted by sweetDwilly:
Originally posted by mayo49:
Originally posted by LBSI9ers:
Brooks will be here through this season but his contract escalates
2014: $5.15 million,
2015: $6 million (+ $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses),
2016: $6.5 million (+ $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses),
2017: $6.95 million (+ $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses),
2018: Free Agent
He has limited value to trade given the off season and prior crap he's pulled. But he and Iupati have trade value in the 2014 draft which is the most talented draft in years.
This might be his last year with us. No way we pay him that much in 2014 and beyond. I say Lemonier is our starter opposite Aldon come 2014.
You guys better hide, because Ncommand will be coming for you.
Seriously though, Brooks might be the most underrated OLB in the NFL. Dude is so money when it matters. When was the last time you had to worry about his side versus the run? How many times does he come up with a big play when we need a stop? He's an incredible player that doesn't do much self promotion and is overshadowed by first team all pro's like Willis, J.Smith, A.Smith and Bow. He will not be easily replaced. There is a lot more to the OLB position than rushing the passer and he even does that well.
LMAO! I'm heeerrrre!
On a serious note, I'm very stoked about how hard Haralson has played and love the emergence of both Lemonier and Skuta (OLB/ILB/ST). People seriously think we'd cut Brooks for only 5 and 6 million for an all-pro SAM? That's just nuts! Plus the dude has played every single snap for 2 straight years and through less-publicized injuries (ala Aldon) but produced when it mattered in the playoffs.
In an ideal world, I'd love Haralson to move to SAM and back up Brooks; rotate. That would give Brooks a breather with not a ton of drop off. Then you move Lemonier to back up Aldon at the WILL (similar skill sets). Either way, both backups in Lemonier and Haralson will be rotating between both SAM and WILL and that alone should help both Brooks/Aldon's play AND production throughout the year and esp. into the playoffs.
Lets see how both Brooks and Aldon do this year with fresh legs and the security of being able to go balls-out b/c they know they FINALLY have some quality depth behind them. Plus, like Aldon at the start of last year, with his off season troubles, Brooks too may have a little extra something to prove!