Adibi brings a bit more linebacker experience
Xavier Adibi (Getty)
Xavier Adibi (Getty)
Posted Sep 4, 2011

The claiming of Xavier Adibi gives the Vikings a little more experience in their linebacker corps, which was thin beyond Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson.

Perhaps the Vikings front office was paying more attention than most fans to last Thursday’s game with Houston. Today, three days after the Vikings-Texans game, the Vikings claimed middle linebacker Xavier Adibi off the waiver wire.

Adibi was one of the more prized linebacker prospects in the 2008 draft. After three years with Houston, he apparently wasn’t a great fit in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense being installed in Houston. Adibi played in a four-linebacker defense in college at Virginia Tech, but made the switch to a 4-3 when he arrived in Houston. With the Texans switching to a 3-4, it would have seemed natural that Adibi’s experience there would have helped him.

When the Vikings finalized their initial 53-man roster Saturday, they were left with just five linebackers and were very thin on experience beyond Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson. By claiming Adibi rather than letting him clear waivers, the Vikings will assume the final year of his rookie contract, which calls for him to be paid $555,000.

During his time in Houston, he started eight of 34 games played and had 68 tackles and two forced fumbles.

The Vikings released tight end Allen Reisner to bring Adibi to the 53-man roster (players claimed off waivers or another team’s practice squad must be placed on the new team’s active roster), but the Vikings were keeping busy Sunday between scouring the waiver wire and starting to form their practice squad.

The Vikings are expected to fill out their practice squad in the next 24 hours and it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the team may make another signing or two to the 53-man roster.

John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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