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Brinkley signs with Arizona, leaving MLB void
Jasper Brinkley (Hannah Foslien/Getty)
Posted Mar 14, 2013
The Vikings have a void at middle linebacker after Jasper Brinkley signed a multi-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals Thursday.
Arizona fired its own shot in the never-ending build-up of the NFC West Thursday by signing linebacker
to a three-year contract.
Brinkley, a fifth-round draft pick of the Vikings in 2009, became a full-time starter last season when the team opted not to re-sign veteran
. Brinkley started 15 games last season, recording 114 tackles and three forced fumbles.
After not being part of the six-player re-signing binge on the day free agency opened Tuesday, Brinkley visited the Giants on Wednesday, but left without a contract. After meeting with the Cardinals front office Thursday, a deal was struck.
“Thanks to everyone in MN for all the support over my last four years,” Brinkley tweeted Thursday night. “It really was a blessing to play with some great guys n great fans.”
With Brinkley gone, the current Vikings depth chart has
, a seventh-round draft pick last year, and
Brinkley finished third on the Vikings in 2012 with his 114 tackles, behind only Greenway (184) and
(133). The signing of Brinkley by the Cardinals opens the door for the Vikings to either find a veteran middle linebacker in free agency or focus one of their first-round picks at the position – at this point, only Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and LSU’s
rated as first-round MLB prospects (some see
as a middle linebacker; others an outside linebacker).
While the Vikings have a long time before the regular season opener, for the third straight year they enter the start of a new season with front-burner questions at middle linebacker.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for
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