Brooks signs long-term contract extension

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--The 49ers signed linebacker Ahmad Brooks to a six-year contract extension that will pay him $44.5 million and includes $17.5 million in guaranteed money.

Brooks signed about two weeks before he could have become an unrestricted free agent, but decided he wanted to stay with the 49ers, where he has made his mark. He had started just eight games in his first four seasons in the NFL, but started all 16 for the 49ers in 2011 under the team's new coaching staff. He had seven sacks along with 59 tackles.

"This is where I feel like I should be," Brooks told reporters. "These are the people who gave me a chance to go out and get this contract. Who's to say if I'd gone to free agency I would've gotten more money? Getting as much money as you can sounds good, but what team is going to give you the best opportunity to win? The 49ers are headed in that direction of being the best team."

--Jim Harbaugh was invited by Indiana coach Tom Crean, who is married to Harbaugh's sister, to help out as a quasi-equipment manager. Harbaugh set up chairs during the timeouts and was in the locker room before and after the game as the Hoosiers beat North Carolina Central 75-56 on Wednesday night. "He's just a star when it comes to coaching," Harbaugh said of Crean. "Tom was a great resource to me."

--Harbaugh said the first thing he does when he looks at the list of Scouting Combine participants is to see the players he recruited or tried to recruit.

"I can't wait to find these guys and find out why they didn't come to Stanford. Confront 'em!" he said. Harbaugh recruited Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and Florida State offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders. About Griffin, Harbaugh said, "I know a lot about Robert because we recruited Robert out of high school. Robert was a 4.0 student, great parents, comes from a great home. He has had great success at Baylor. You know, past performance usually indicates future success, and he's had nothing but a history of success. So you would predict great achievements in the future."

--Harbaugh's influence is all over the Colts quarterback situation. He was the last quarterback before Peyton Manning and now could have his college pupil, Andrew Luck, as the next Colts starter. Harbaugh was asked so much about Luck at the Combine, he began to lose patience. "He's really good. How about that one? He's got a lot of talent," an exacerbated Harbaugh finally blurted.

--General manager Trent Baalke has refused to watch the NFC title game loss to the Giants. It's just too painful. "There might be a time this summer when I take a look at it, and there may not be," Baalke said. "It may sit in the archives forever, as far as I'm concerned. ... I think we'd all like to have that last game back. But we're not going to get it back. It's time to move on."

"Not going to enjoy playing against him, not looking forward to that." - Coach Jim Harbaugh when asked about former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

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