Prior to the 49ers, Brooks played for the Cincinnati Bengals. His eight straight years with at least five sacks and vast experience in the 3-4 defense provided the Packers with the flawless option to help solidify the position behind Matthews and Perry.
The NFL deadline for the Green Bay Packers and the other 31 teams to get down to the 53-man roster limit is rapidly approaching, but there's a twist this year.
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Initially, this was the role billed for rookie fourth round pick Vince Biegel, but he had surgery this offseason and is likely to start the year on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
The San Francisco 49ers, a young, rebuilding team transitioning away from the 3-4 defense, released Brooks last Friday. It wouldn't be surprising if he plays 500 or more snaps on defense in 2017, especially after the Packers lost Julius Peppers and Datone Jones - who combined for over 1,100 defensive snaps last season - in free agency. Perry, Matthews and OLB Jayrone Elliott all suffered injuries to some degree in preseason games, turning OLB into a glaring need heading into week one. Elliott also left Saturday's game with a back injury that has nagged him throughout training camp.
Louie Benjamin of Pro Football Focus ranked the Packers' front seven 16th overall heading into this season, nothing they "lack a difference-maker at linebacker".
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The linebacker entered this season as the team's second-longest tenured player.
Brooks met with the Packers on Wednesday morning and the two seemingly hatched a deal.
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