Add Ahmad Brooks to the list of soon-to-be free agents who want to remain in San Francisco. "I feel like San Francisco's my home," Brooks said this week. "You know what I'm saying? I wouldn't want to play anywhere else, I wouldn't want to go through this entire process again - getting to know new teammates, a new coaching staff, a new defense. I'd rather just stick with where I am."
Brooks, 27, ranks third on the 49ers with four sacks. He is only one of three outside linebackers on the 53-man roster and the only one of that group who has played nearly every snap this season. Parys Haralson, signed through 2013, starts and plays first and second downs. Rookie Aldon Smith, signed through 2014, comes in on passing downs. He's played the majority of his snaps this season at defensive end in the 49ers' nickel packages.
The 49ers have another outside linebacker, Monte Simmons, on the practice squad.
Earlier this week, cornerback Carlos Rogers, who is playing on a one-year deal, said he hoped to sign an extension with the 49ers and avoid free agency. Brooks didn't go that far, but said he liked the defense the 49ers were building in San Francisco. The 49ers signed Brooks to a two-year extension in 2010, but he said he'd like a longer deal this time.
Brooks, Rogers, cornerback Tarell Brown, inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman and defensive ends Justin Smith and Ray McDonald have played all but a handful of snaps this season for the 49ers. McDonald is unlikely to play Sunday because of a hamstring injury.
-- Matt Barrows