Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks is signing with the Green Bay Packers, with whom he visited this week. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Brooks will be receiving a one-year deal worth up to $5 million from Green Bay.

Brooks was released by the 49ers on August 25. He joined the team in 2008 after being claimed off of waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals. Since becoming a starter in 2011, Brooks never had fewer than six sacks in a season, had a career-high 8.5 in 2013, and started at least 13 games in each of those seasons. During that time, he tallied 281 tackles and 40.5 sacks.

Brooks' 51.5 sacks with the 49ers rank third in team history behind just Bryant Young and Charles Haley. He entered the NFL as a selection by the Bengals in the 2006 supplemental draft. Over his 11-year NFL career, Brooks has 370 tackles, 53.5 sacks, 30 passes defensed, three interceptions, and 12 forced fumbles.

"We would like to thank Ahmad for his nine years of service and contributions to the 49ers," said 49ers general manager John Lynch via a statement issued by the team following Brooks' release. "In that time, he played a significant role on some formidable defensive units that helped this team achieve great success. We feel good about the depth and competition along our defensive front and believe that by making this decision now it will give Ahmad a head start on exploring his options with other teams. We wish him and his family nothing but the best."

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