Originally written on Players View  |  Last updated 11/19/14

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 29 — The San Francisco 49ers have begun the process of locking up the core players that will define the unit that they hope will return then to their championship glory.

Yesterday they completed a six-year contract extension with Linebacker Ahmad Brooks. The direct terms of the deal were not made available by the team. According to ESPN, the deal is valued at $44.5 million dollars.

Brooks was nothing short of a beast last year racking up 50 tackles and seven sacks. The number is extremely valuable when you count in the fact that he plays next to Pro Bowler Patrick Willis.

It’s not as cut and dry as many would think as a lot of us have forgotten the devil-may-care attitude that Brooks displayed as part of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals drafted him in the third round and hoped that they would get the player that Brooks is becoming now.

Chalk it up to a man becoming more mature or a player getting set within the right system. Whatever the case, at 28, Brooks is in the prime of his career.  With Willis and  the rookie phenomenon Aldon Smith  at the other OLB spot, the 49ers defense is positioned themselves to perhaps become one of the greatest defenses in the league.

Now that this deal is done, heads in the Bay Area will look to the franchise to take care of Quarterback Alex Smith. Stay tuned.

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