Brooks, 28, would have made $4.3 million had he met the requirement. The de-escalator would have been voided if the 49ers won 12 games during the regular season with Brooks playing at least 93.2 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.
He was rated as the No. 5 best 3-4 outside linebacker by Pro Football Focus and tallied 74 sacks, 6.5 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown this season.
Obviously a tough break for a guy who’s coming off of a productive season.