49ers re-sign first starter to team 

click to enlarge Ahmad Brooks #55 of the San Francisco 49ers pressures Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. - DOUG PENSINGER/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Ahmad Brooks #55 of the San Francisco 49ers pressures Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

In a surprise move, the 49ers made outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks the first starter to re-sign with the team. Brooks, who is just a one-year starter with a checkered past, signed a six-year extension worth $37 million with $17.5 million in guarantees. The overall contract could reach $45.5 million if Brooks reaches all his incentives.

A six-year veteran, Brooks had his best season with over 1,000 snaps, 59 tackles and seven sacks. More important, the 28 year old appears to have matured from the player who was kicked off the team at Virginia and was released from the Bengals after an assault charge.

Since joining the 49ers, those problems haven't followed him, nevertheless, he often reported to training camp out of shape after spending his offseasons at his mother's home in Virginia. But even that has changed. Brooks is now a full-time California resident and on the day he signed his contract, he was working out at the team facility.

"I had to re-evaluate myself as a person," Brooks said after signing his deal. Brooks was baptized three weeks ago, which might also contribute to his re-evaluation.

Always a talent, the question about Brooks was his dedication. He still has time to realize his vast potential and he has found a defense that suits his skills. Brooks said prior coaches told him he didn't know the defense well enough to be a starter.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio doesn't ask much of Brooks in the team's 3-4 scheme, which allows him to play freely. Brooks said Fangio has made it "easy" on him to play in the defense.

The contract was good for both sides. Brooks gets financial security, and the 49ers get a solid, run-stopping pass rusher. Most teams ran away from the 260-pound Brooks and defensive right end Ray McDonald last year.

The 49ers also get a cap-friendly deal that only consumes $2.8 million under the salary gap. According to published reports, the 49ers now have $23 million in cap space to pursue the rest of their free-agent starters that include wide receiver Joshua Morgan, guard Adam Snyder, quarterback Alex Smith, cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Dashon Goldson.

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