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Vikings not currently considering Brian Urlacher

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Despite a report expressing interest by the Minnesota Vikings in free agent linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Vikings don’t appear to be pursuing the 34-year old, eight-time Pro Bowl selection.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Vikings aren’t currently interested in bringing Urlacher to Minnesota. Instead, they plan on relying on players already on the roster to fill their void at middle linebacker.

The most likely move for the Vikings will be to move Erin Henderson inside to middle linebacker. Minnesota is also expected to look at Audie Cole and Tyrone McKenzie as well as seventh-round draft pick Michael Mauti. If none of those options step up an take hold of the position, the Vikings could theoretically circle back to Urlacher if he’s still available. For now, the Vikings appear to feel comfortable with what they already have.

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  1. Duckhomie says: May 14, 2013 10:50 PM

    C’mon…pick this guy up. If just for 2 games!

  2. inyofaceagain says: May 14, 2013 10:52 PM

    Peopleforget about Audie Cole. Last pre-season he had back-to-back INT returned for TDs.
    Not to mention Erin is ready for this promotion.
    Cant wait to whoop Green Bay!

  3. bradybbgoat says: May 14, 2013 11:00 PM

    Translation: “We’re waiting for him to get desperate to play so that he’ll lower his asking price significantly.”

  4. Stiller43 says: May 14, 2013 11:01 PM

    Looks like he’ll be another aging LB (like james harrison) to scoff at his teams offer, only to realize theres no better offer anywhere else. Good job boys!

  5. lbreezy04 says: May 14, 2013 11:02 PM

    Wouldn’t mind if Greenbay signed him for ILB depth

  6. bleedinpurple says: May 14, 2013 11:04 PM

    Not sure an aging urlacher would be better than one of our guys already working for it. It wouldn’t show good faith and would mess with chemistry.

    Can’t get much worse than jasper so I think we will be ok.

    Plus urlachers price for only 2 downs a drive isn’t worth it.

  7. paulcanavati says: May 14, 2013 11:09 PM

    Everyone in Minnesota and Pennsylvania is rooting for Michael Mauti to return to form and be the general of this defense for the next 12 years

  8. binkystevens says: May 14, 2013 11:10 PM

    What is with this team and the sloppy seconds from the rest of the NFC north? No wonder nobody respects them.

  9. mikefromla says: May 14, 2013 11:13 PM

    Vikes are only interested in washed-up packers.

  10. sfn155 says: May 14, 2013 11:25 PM

    MLB is such an important position and they don’t have a viable option on the roster, but made no real effort to get one this off-season. They’re crazy for that and will definitely regret it.

  11. purplepride1978 says: May 14, 2013 11:33 PM

    Whew! Good!

  12. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 11:34 PM

    Relying on people already on their roster?

    Dear lord… this defense got picked apart last year.

    With faster weapons on every team in the north, this is going to be a bloodbath.

  13. NotoriousKDV says: May 14, 2013 11:48 PM

    I have a hard time believing that Urlacher is so washed up that no one would want him for even 1 year and $3.5m which I believe is something he would be willing to accept. But I guess every team in the NFL knows something I don’t.

  14. butkusrules says: May 14, 2013 11:57 PM

    I have a feeling Urlachers agents dropped the ball on the Bears negotiations and have been “leaking” multiple stories to drum up interest in a effort to fix their blunder.
    Urlacher’s two million salary offer is like four million somewhere else with all his established marketing and sponsorship opportunities that only the Chicago would provide. Not to mention the probable expense of playing somewhere else where he doesn’t own a house etc. I can’t believe Urlacher thinks he is getting 4 million plus somewhere else unless his Agents fed him it after their failed to heed Emery’s last chance offer.

  15. theytukrjobs says: May 14, 2013 11:58 PM

    I think this has to come down to price. A team unsettled at linebacker with playoff aspirations would have to be “considering” a future hall of fame linebacker.

  16. baselman1974 says: May 14, 2013 11:59 PM

    Bears sloppy seconds that Vikings picked up didn’t pan out:
    Dwayne Bates
    Bernard Berrian
    Devin Aromashidu
    Just say no Vikings. The Bears might know when a player is washed up.

  17. urlacher2000 says: May 15, 2013 12:07 AM

    That makes 2 stories in 2 days that the Chicago Tribune made up.
    1. Vikings interested in Urlacher
    2. Gabe Carimi may not make the 53 man roster.

    It is the off-season. Not a lot to write about. So they just make stories up! On top of all that…. they just raised their price from $1.00 to $1.50.

  18. scottieplongballs says: May 15, 2013 12:27 AM

    When u get old in the NFL you are toast! Unfortunately the players are the last to know.

  19. taintedsaints2009 says: May 15, 2013 12:32 AM

    wouldn’t make sense for the vikings to sign Urlacher to a bigger deal than they offered to Winfield.

  20. spawn201 says: May 15, 2013 12:42 AM

    I am interested to see how Erin Henderson would do at Middle Linebacker. Audi Cole also deserves a shot after what he did last preseason.

  21. midwaymonster72 says: May 15, 2013 12:56 AM

    Still hoping he comes back to Chicago.

  22. creasy says: May 15, 2013 1:25 AM

    Believe it. He’s done. One of the greatest of all time but he’s not worth the roster spot.

  23. vikingsgohard says: May 15, 2013 1:56 AM

    That’s funny they completely left Hodges out??… He get the nod over Mauti due to his injury … I still think urlacher even at 34 maybe better then rookies an practice squad players?

  24. larryboodry says: May 15, 2013 3:48 AM

    When Urlacher first scoffed at the Bears and their ‘insulting’ offer, and vowed not to play for them, the Bears were left with only Briggs at LB. The door to his return remained open.

    Since then, the team signed Williams and Anderson, and drafted Bostic and Greene…The door has now been bricked shut.

  25. drednot says: May 15, 2013 6:10 AM

    But all the espn experts say that’s where he should go!

  26. vik3z says: May 15, 2013 6:20 AM

    tokyoassblaster, speaking of defenses getting ripped apart take a look at your packers. the vikes have the best defense in the nfc north so dont speak

  27. geddybagins says: May 15, 2013 7:45 AM

    Why would they be interested. He was running like he had a load of crap in his pants last year. Slow and old.
    The only reason the Vikings would pick him up is to pissoff da Bears. It certainly works with all the old Packers they take in.

  28. hansenbrothers says: May 15, 2013 7:52 AM

    That would be sooooo funny! But, like Favre, it just wouldn’t look right.

  29. whatsitlikehere says: May 15, 2013 7:57 AM

    Did anyone see Urlacher play last year, the answer is no because he was too slow to make it in any plays he should’ve retired 2 years ago.

  30. ejmat2 says: May 15, 2013 8:06 AM

    People forget about Audie Cole. I’d like to see what he brings to the table. He had a pretty promising preseason last year. I don’t blame the Vikes for waiting.

  31. darkglobe1 says: May 15, 2013 8:16 AM

    Why would anyone in Pennsylvania care about a Minnesota linebacker?

  32. fwippel says: May 15, 2013 8:20 AM

    This is not a surprise. The Vikings drafted two linebackers, and have already moved Erin Henderson to MLB going forward.

    In addition, they’ve got a promising young second year player in Audie Cole who could fill the void left by Henderson’s move. Speilman likes youth, and it’s hard to see him going after Urlacher unless these young players absolutely flop during training camp.

    There is a reason Urlacher is still available. Not to say he can’t play anymore, but if he were even 75% of the player he was during his prime, he’d be on someone’s roster right now.

  33. filthymcnasty1 says: May 15, 2013 8:22 AM

    Urlacher would have been a good fit because he’s used to losing to the Packer twice per season just like the Vikings.

  34. jefferee101 says: May 15, 2013 8:25 AM

    ….in addition, teams sign “sloppy seconds” from other teams all the time… is called “free agency”, and the fact that the vikes sign their division rivals free agents is good business practice. Afterall the vikings have won the division 7 more time than any other team in the division since it began in 1967. Its called a “competitive advantage”

    Binkystevens, consider yourself owned.

  35. whatjusthapped says: May 15, 2013 8:32 AM

    The real issue is whether the Vikings could afford the cap space Urlacher is asking for?

    The Vikings don’t have a lot of room and Urlacher is looking for one last big pay day. The Vikings have demonstrated that overpaying over the hill veterans for virtually no production is not an issue but this time, they are forced to recognize that there is no such thing as unlimited budget in the NFL. Unlimited stupidity in drafting or signing ineffective qbs, yes, cap space, no.

  36. We need Bud Grant says: May 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    Mistake. We are very thin at linebacker and need some veteran leadership for all of our youngsters.

  37. filthymcnasty1 says: May 15, 2013 9:19 AM

    Remember, Rick Speilman has already been fired once before for incompetence.

  38. obsessedvikingfan says: May 15, 2013 9:33 AM

    Seriously, some butt hurt fan reports my comment and it gets deleted? I said nothing bad.

    I am sure this will get deleted too but whoever is the mod here, get a grip and let us debate. I should just report every post I don’t like and see if they get deleted.

  39. GenXJay says: May 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    Hard to believe how other NFC North teams treat their longtime, HOF eligible, veterans. All because of the “win now” approach. Sad.
    Jump on the ship boys. The Vikes will let you ride off in the sunset properly because of your past self-sacrifice & dedication.

  40. scottclausen2013 says: May 15, 2013 9:56 AM

    Middle Linebacker is completely over emphasized in today’s NFL. Last year, the Vikings were only in their base 4-3 alignment 43% of the time. The rest was in nickle or dime.

    In the NFC North, you need LBs that can cover and Urlacher was never the best cover LB anyway. The vikes will be just fine.

  41. filthymcnasty1 says: May 15, 2013 10:05 AM

    Yeah, Donovan McNabb got a proper sendoff from the Vikings. That was epic.

  42. brennankm46 says: May 15, 2013 11:02 AM

    When the Vikings prefer Henderson and Cole to you, it’s time to retire, Brian.

    What a way to limp into retirement…because you’ve got wounded pride.

  43. underlinebmx says: May 15, 2013 12:22 PM

    LB is important… but besides Ray Lewis which MLB helped win the last super bowl, or who is the Giant’s MLB? AJ Hawk? MLB is important, but it doesn’t win super bowls

  44. larryboodry says: May 15, 2013 12:27 PM


  45. larryboodry says: May 15, 2013 1:06 PM

    vik3z says: May 15, 2013 6:20 AM

    “the vikes have the best defense in the nfc north…”

    What the hell are you smoking?

    2012 NFL defensive rankings:

    Vikes – 14th. in points allowed, 16th. in yards allowed
    Lions – 27th. and 13th.
    Packers – 11th. and 11th.
    Bears – 3rd. and 5th.

    That’s league-wide, okay? In the division, the Bears are first in both points and yards, and GB is second in both…Your team is last in yards allowed, and next to last in points allowed.

    You should maybe research this stuff before posting.

  46. soundsofsuccess7 says: May 15, 2013 1:39 PM

    And neither are the Broncos.

    He’s 0/2.

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