49ers Reward Ahmad Brooks With Six-Year Extension

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 2011 NFL season saw the San Francisco 49ers return to gridiron glory and their stout defense was a big reason for that. While the team has numerous free agents on the defensive side of the ball, they made linebacker Ahmad Brooks their first priority of the offseason as they have signed Brooks to a six-year extension.

Even though the exact financial details haven't been officially released, ESPN's Josina Anderson is reporting that the deal is worth a maximum of $44.5 million with a base value of $7 million per season. Brooks just wrapped up his fifth NFL season, and third with the 49ers.

After never recording more than 31 tackles and six sacks in a single season, Brooks enjoyed a career year under first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh, as he recorded 49 tackles and registered seven sacks. Brooks is expected to start at outside linebacker along with Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman, and Patrick Willis.

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