NFL News : Pair of playoff contenders interested in signing Ahmad Brooks

Pair of playoff contenders interested in signing Ahmad Brooks

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Both the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos are reportedly interested in signing free agent linebacker Ahmad Brooks, recently released by the San Francisco 49ers after nine seasons. 

Per NFL.com, the Packers are kicking the tires on Brooks, a 33-year-old two-time All Pro, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday. 

"Green Bay's interest is a little unexpected for several reasons. Typically out of the veteran free-agent market, the Packers are not normally quick to pounce on players without a history in Green Bay. Brooks was a third-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2006."

"The Packers are also wary of linebackers becoming casualties against the pass. Their Nitro defense features a rotating cast of safeties at linebacker so as not to be carved apart by running backs and slot receivers. Brooks had four pass breakups for the 49ers last year alongside six sacks and 41 solo tackles."

Rapoport also said the Denver Broncos also have some interest.

SB Nation noted that the Broncos are currently without edge rushers Shaquil Barrett and Shane Ray, who both suffered injuries during the summer. 

"Barrett was recently activated off the NFI list, but after missing all of the offseason training programs, he is no lock for week one. Shane Ray could be ready by week one but will be playing with a club for a few weeks regardless, so reinforcements are needed."

"Backups Kasim Edebali and Vontarrius Dora have done alright this preseason, but if the reports about the Broncos having interest in Brooks are true, then they weren’t too pleased with their play. It also shows(once again, if these reports are accurate) that the Broncos will be in the market for edge rushing help in the coming days and weeks. Over 1,000 players will be cut by September 2nd so some help could be found there. Also, trades for multiple players on the roster bubble are likely being talked about right now, so we could see a move or two regardless," wrote SB Nation.

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