Report: 49ers’ considered trading OLB Ahmad Brooks to Cleveland Browns



According to Fox Sports Jay Glazer, he reported that the San Francisco 49ers were actively shopping OLB Ahmad Brooks at the trade deadline. A report that came out just recently, one team that was possibly interested was the Cleveland Browns.

Could this be a sign that the 49ers are extremely high on rookie fifth-round pick (No. 150) OLB Aaron Lynch? Lynch, who had all the talent to be a first-round pick but slid due to off-field issues has been nothing but a rookie sensation through the first seven games of the season.

Here’s my mid-season analysis on Lynch as I gave him a B grade:

OLB Aaron Lynch

Analysis: To think what the pass-rush may look like on the outside when Aldon comes back is scary. Just imagine two athletic freaks breathing down the quarterback’s neck while creating havoc in the backfield is a scenario even DC Vic Fangio will love. Up to this point, Lynch has lived up to his billing as a first-round talent that saw his draft stock fall due to off-field issues. He has a blocked punt, recorded his first NFL sack last week and has 11 quarterback hurries while only playing 192 snaps. A kid that is getting better with each snap played, it’s no wonder Pro Football Focus has this high-flying rookie ranked No. 15 for all 3-4 OLB’s.

Grade: B

With the 49ers continuing to get the most out of their roster it will be interesting to see how much they value Brooks now that Lynch is coming into his own. And with 49ers OLB Aldon Smith set to return in the near future, who knows what can happen moving forward.

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