Upgrading the pass rush is among the Packers’ top priorities this offseason. But should Ahmad Brooks be a part of Mike Pettine’s plans in 2018?
For starters, the former Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro won’t cost much money. Last offseason the Packers signed Brooks to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. After missing four games through injury and posting just 1.5 sacks, it’s unlikely he gets the same contract this year.
While Brooks did offer experience to the defense and was a solid addition to the team when healthy, if I’m Brian Gutekunst I’m starting fresh, saving the money and looking for some young talent through the draft. There could also be some veteran options available in free agency, depending on who hits the open market. We now know that Detroit’s Ezekiel Ansah won’t be a free agent after the Lions used the franchise tag to keep him in the building.
My expectation is that the Packers will allow Brooks to hit free agency and test the market. If his value drops and they can get him back for a lower contract than the one he signed last year, he could return.
Ultimately, I think the Packers move on from Brooks, who turns 34 the day he will become a free agent.