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Jasper Brinkley reportedly returning to Minnesota

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All 32 teams can talk to agents for impending free agents around the league, but they can only sign contracts with players who were already on their rosters or those released around the league.

The Vikings have reportedly done both on Sunday. On the heels of word that defensive end Everson Griffen has landed a fat new contract to stay in Minnesota and forgo free agency comes a report from Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports that linebacker Jasper Brinkley has landed a one-year deal in Minnesota.

It’s a reunion for Brinkley and the Vikings after Brinkley’s stay with the Cardinals ended with his recent release. Brinkley, a 2009 fifth-round pick, was the starting middle linebacker for Minnesota in 2012 and the team is looking for someone to fill that role again now that Erin Henderson has been released. Brinkley’s got the run-stuffing chops to play a role on early downs, but will be stretched if he’s asked to do much beyond that.

Brinkley also visited with the Bills last week before settling on a return to his first NFL home.

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26 Responses to “Jasper Brinkley reportedly returning to Minnesota”
  1. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 9, 2014 2:04 PM

    To do what?

  2. packerfansarefat says: Mar 9, 2014 2:05 PM

    Resigning pieces of what we know has been an underachieving group of defensive players…..?????? It feels like we are staying in a “comfort zone”…not sure this is a good day.

  3. daltongang1 says: Mar 9, 2014 2:10 PM

    Is this a joke? I know Zim is a first time head coach but bringing this scrub back and throwing 42 million at a career backup is starting to make Zim appear that he’s going to be one and done in Viking Land.

  4. ariani1985 says: Mar 9, 2014 2:11 PM

    Surprised the queen bay Packers didn’t go after him but b I suppose the clown music was too loud in the building to know what was going on.

  5. packerfansarefat says: Mar 9, 2014 2:19 PM

    Brinkley, Sherels,……what’s next….Chris Cook??????…..what the…………….

  6. lovemyqueens says: Mar 9, 2014 2:19 PM

    I really hope this is untrue. Audi Cole was performing pretty solid during the last stretch of the season. Are we ever going to see him get back to back pick 6es like in the preseason again? Incredibly doubtful but he was good in pursuit and improving a lot in coverage. I’d like to see Cole start and give Hodges and Mauti some more playing ime this season.

  7. kidsamoa260 says: Mar 9, 2014 2:24 PM

    Who??? Still won’t make playoffs.

  8. jeter325 says: Mar 9, 2014 2:25 PM

    Take it easy…it’s probably a low end one year deal for him to come in and compete….what’s the big deal?

  9. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 9, 2014 2:25 PM

    His name is Jasper. I think that speaks for itself.

  10. getadealdonealready says: Mar 9, 2014 2:28 PM

    uhhhgg, sure hope we have a better answer to our LB core in the draft. JB is a 2 down run stopper at best, and he is just slightly above average at that, hope he was cheap.

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 9, 2014 2:33 PM

    This was a very personal decision for Jasper. You can’t drink and drive in Arizona like you can in MN.

  12. shaggytoodle says: Mar 9, 2014 2:42 PM

    He is definitely not, an every down player. I have same amount of Career Sacks as he does, but every team needs depth, and with the new staff in town he probably feels lucky to be around.

  13. amazingguy101 says: Mar 9, 2014 2:44 PM

    Back up at best. A. Coles should start he looked great last year

  14. seatownballers says: Mar 9, 2014 2:44 PM

    Improving to 6-10

  15. icebowler says: Mar 9, 2014 2:45 PM

    Just another guy for Eddie Lacy to run over and Cobb to run past.

  16. sterling7 says: Mar 9, 2014 2:53 PM

    Jasper Brinkley was not a bad linebacker whatsoever, no he’s not Dick Butkus or Ray Nistchke or Willie Lanier (my favorite linebackers of all time with no apologies to Ray Lewis), But Jasper Brinkley is a downhill hitter with good inside linebacker size-he’ll do well wherever they position him……..

  17. craniator says: Mar 9, 2014 2:56 PM

    He’s actually pretty strong on first and second down , but you’ve got to substitute him out in obvious passing situations.

  18. tremoluxman says: Mar 9, 2014 3:21 PM

    Solid, if not spectacular move. Henderson is gone and JB is pretty good in the middle.

  19. koreystringerswidow says: Mar 9, 2014 3:23 PM

    My Korey won’t be returning to MN.

  20. MostlyRight says: Mar 9, 2014 3:31 PM

    Good special teams player. I just made that up.

  21. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 9, 2014 3:38 PM

    I think Jasper Brinkley should play somewhere with Barkevious Mingo. And Cornelius Washington, Stansly Maponga and Star Lotuleilei. Then have John Madden call the game, and watch the fun begin!

  22. EJ says: Mar 9, 2014 4:04 PM

    The Bills won’t need to pick up a LB in free agency. they will be taking Mack in the draft.

  23. treedawg says: Mar 9, 2014 5:15 PM

    Eddy Lace,meet jasper Brinkley..

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 9, 2014 5:36 PM

    The Vikings will be returning to last place – for the 4th time in the karst 5 years.

  25. purpleguy says: Mar 9, 2014 6:34 PM

    I don’t think the Vikes have ever been in “karst” in the last 5 years — is that next to the lumber mill in Green Bay?

  26. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 9, 2014 9:04 PM

    Can’t say I’m excited by this, but I’m sure it’s just for a training camp body. He’ll likely be cut and either Audie Cole or Mike Mauti will be the starting MLB.

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