The 49ers and Ahmad Brooks have agreed to a contract restructuring that will create just over $2MM in cap space for the team, according to Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap (on Twitter). Brooks’ new Paragraph 5 salary (base salary) is $855K for the coming season and he’ll make up for that in bonus money (link).
Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports (Twitter links) has the details. The veteran linebacker converted $3.395MM of his 2014 base salary into signing bonus money for cap purposes. His cap number for 2014 drops from $6.6MM to about $4.5MM while his cap numbers in the remaining years rise to about $9.6MM in ’15 and ’16 and $8.6MM in ’17. That $9.6MM cap number for 2015 includes a $450K reporting bonus, according to Brian McIntyre (on Twitter).
Brooks, 30, signed a six-year contract extension worth $44.5MM ($17.5MM guaranteed) in February 2012. The outside linebacker has yet to miss a regular season game across four seasons for the 49ers, racking up 196 tackles and 33 sacks along the way.
While the restructuring doesn’t mean that another move is around the corner, it does give San Francisco some extra flexibility this offseason as they have several players seeking extensions and a holdout from guard Alex Boone. Tight end Vernon Davis, wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and right guard Mike Iupati are among those who could be in line for new deals.