49ers release outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks after 9 seasons

The San Francisco 49ers have officially released outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee was the first to report it. Brooks and the 49ers have had a rocky relationship in recent seasons, and a young group of pass rushers coupled with some off-field issues led the 49ers to part ways with him.

He was heading into the final season of a six-year, $40.4 million contract. Brooks would have taken up about $6.1 million in cap space, and his quality of play hasn’t aligned with his compensation. This offseason, Eli Harold emerged and took the starting SAM outside linebacker job from Cheap Jerseys Team Brooks.

I expect him to step right back in as a starter whenever he does get cleared to return. With those fresh legs that won’t have gone through training camp I think he will be running by offensive tackles like it’s nothing right off the bat.

He is also likely to benefit from teams showing so much attention to Miller, a legit game wrecker who has to be accounted for every play. The more double teams Miller gets, the more times Ray should be singled up. I expect Ray to make the most of those opportunities.

Double-digit sacks may not come this season just because of the wrist injury, but I won’t be surprised if it does happen if he performs the way I think he will. Ray’s Cheap Jerseys Promo Code first two seasons in the league prepared him to take over now. That’s why he’s my choice to be the Broncos’ breakout player of 2017.