BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 24: Ahmad Brooks #55 of the San Francisco 49ers grabs the face mask of Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

49ers LB Ahmad Brooks On His 'Long, Long Journey'

The 49ers rewarded linebacker Ahmad Brooks with a multi-year extension that could pay him over $40 million.

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Ahmad Brooks On His Big Contract Extension From 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they have signed linebacker Ahmad Brooks to a six-year extension, thus ensuring that one of the key contributors to their much-feared defense will remain with the team through at least 2017.

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Chris Fedor at Sports Radio Interviews relayed some comments from Brooks during his appearance on the Fitz and Brooks show on KNBR 680 in San Francisco this week. Brooks had plenty to say about his contract extension and how much he enjoys being a part of the 49ers.

"It's been a long, long journey for me. I guess being one of the top prospects coming out of college and then seeing that dream shattered, and then I had to go through the supplemental draft and go through that whole process. I got drafted in the third round, was supposed to be a first round draft pick and let that slip through my hands. I was with the Bengals for two years, then got released, then the 49ers picked me up and I was an inside linebacker. I was coming off an injury my second year, then the 49ers picked me up my third year so my whole third year in the NFL I didn't play not one snap, I just pretty much practiced so it was kind of like a blessing in disguise to be picked up by the San Francisco and for me to still be getting paid as if I were playing every week and being able to get back on track after an injury because I had injured both of my groins, I had tore both of my groins so just pretty much getting back into football shape and doing football drills and stuff like that. My fourth year I had a chance to become a second team guy coming in on third downs and rushing the passer. That's when I had three sacks against the Arizona Cardinals. My fifth season pretty much was in the same position. I wanted to be the starter but I had an injury in training camp that set me back and didn't put me in the starting lineup. This past year I took off. I told myself I wanted to focus on becoming a starter and then once I become a starter, stay a starter and to make as many plays as I can. I made the best of my opportunity and I'm happy to be in the position that I'm in right now.

"It's fun in the locker room, it's fun in practice, we joke around a lot, and it's kind of like we're brothers and that's what makes it so special. The coaches feed off it too. They get jacked up seeing guys having fun. Not just at the game but in practice. You see Coach Harbaugh having fun and guys feed off that energy. It's a great place to be in and I'm just so happy to be here man."

49ers fans are hopeful that Brooks will be giving them many more reasons to cheer in the coming years.

For more on the Ahmad Brooks extension and all things San Francisco 49ers, be sure to check out Niners Nation.


Ahmad Brooks Avoids Free Agency With 6-Year Contract Extension From 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have given linebacker Ahmad Brooks a six-year contract extension, reportedly worth $44.5 million with $17.5 million of that guaranteed. The deal keeps Brooks from becoming an unrestricted free agent and locks up one of the key players the 49ers were in danger of loosing this offseason.

Brooks had a career year in 2011 for the 49ers, who had one of the top defenses in the league. Brooks was one of the leaders of that defense, logging 7.0 sacks to finish third on the team in that category. He was primarily a pass-rush specialist but he did make 49 tackles, which was 18 more than he'd ever made in a season prior to 2011.

While Brooks competed with time with fellow linebackers Aldon Smith and Parys Haralson, this kind of contract suggests the 49ers expect Brooks to be a full-time starter. That would leave Smith and Haralson to be competing for the other outside spot.

For more on the Brooks' signing, be sure to check out 49ers blog Niners Nation.

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