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Larry Dean avoids restricted free agency, re-signs with Vikings

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The Vikings signed Jasper Brinkley on Sunday and will meet with Jameel McClain on Monday, the same day that they locked up a member of their linebacking corps. 

The team announced that they have re-signed linebacker Larry Dean. Dean was eligible for restricted free agency, but re-signing now means that he and the Vikings won’t have to do a dance involving tender offers.

Dean joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and has seen action in all 48 regular season games and one postseason game with the team since then. Most of that action has come on special teams, where he has 48 overall tackles. Dean had four of those tackles against the Ravens last December, the most special teams stops in a game by any member of the team last season.

Dean joins cornerback Marcus Sherels as potential restricted free agents that the Vikings have re-signed ahead of the start of free agency. They were the only two players eligible for that designation this season.

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24 Responses to “Larry Dean avoids restricted free agency, re-signs with Vikings”
  1. thevikesarebest says: Mar 10, 2014 10:45 AM

    He knows the success that will be in the very near future for the vikings.SKOL

  2. smartanis says: Mar 10, 2014 10:46 AM

    One can’t help but wonder how the NFLPA feels about all these RFAs signing sub-tender contracts rather than forcing teams to tender them…

  3. xinellum says: Mar 10, 2014 10:50 AM

    Brinkley had 27 tackles and Dean had 13. Yep, the Vikings are signing the best of the best this offseason. I would keep my appointment with Jameel McLain as well if that’s what is starting in Minnesota. Of course, they are always good for a laugh.

  4. thepftpoet says: Mar 10, 2014 10:54 AM

    Notice how every Vikings article gets so many comments?

    We are the most popular and talked about team in the NFL

  5. joecancun says: Mar 10, 2014 10:57 AM

    I got nothing. sigh.

  6. purpleguy says: Mar 10, 2014 10:57 AM

    Nothing but a special teamer — probably signed him for the vet minimum plus a bag of chips.

  7. shaggytoodle says: Mar 10, 2014 10:58 AM

    Someone has to do special teams coverage.

  8. deflateddome says: Mar 10, 2014 10:59 AM

    Dean is special teamer. Not in rotation for playing time at MLB..

  9. truvikingfan says: Mar 10, 2014 11:07 AM

    The pieces are in place

  10. conormacleod says: Mar 10, 2014 11:11 AM

    It’s a 53 man roster. Not every signing comes with fanfare.

  11. mnwildfan15 says: Mar 10, 2014 11:12 AM

    Who?? What the? IALTO

  12. hawaiianbengal says: Mar 10, 2014 11:19 AM

    The Vikings are to no one’s likings.

  13. nflpoker says: Mar 10, 2014 11:25 AM

    What is the problem people??? Sure he is a LB, but actually he plays special teams. This has nothing to do with McClain or Brinkley. They just wanted to keep one of their specialteamers, that’s all.

  14. conormacleod says: Mar 10, 2014 11:31 AM

    Ok, now sign a starting linebacker and/or Corner on Tuesday. Then I will be happy.

  15. seatownballers says: Mar 10, 2014 11:56 AM

    What a joke. Spielman is keeping the below average guys, instead of drafting youth. He does not know how to evaluate young talent! This defense will be shredded again within the division! Not insulting. Not joking. Being serious.

  16. nikolaizeppa says: Mar 10, 2014 12:02 PM

    We are resigning these special teams players because they have noticeably gotten better each year they’ve been in the league. To have undrafted free agents getting multiple contracts means they are progressing and doing what we ask of them. The Vikings mean business this year. Boom shakalaka.

  17. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 10, 2014 12:10 PM

    Exciting news, but it probably won’t be remembered after we sign Verner and Joseph in the next couple days.

  18. leclair63 says: Mar 10, 2014 12:11 PM

    Nothing to see here folks.

    Brinkley and Deen provide good depth and special teams play. Good signings for what they will be doing.

  19. whatjusthapped says: Mar 10, 2014 3:30 PM

    He will have to wait two more years for unrestricted free agency where he will then be free to sign with a professional football team.

  20. sincejumpstreet says: Mar 10, 2014 4:54 PM

    People who don’t appreciate special team signings are morons. Coaches know how important they are, and how hard it is to find good ones. Look at the Seahawks Heath Farwell — still playing special teams after about a dozen years in the league.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 10, 2014 5:06 PM

    With the hapless and tasteless Viking offense, these punt coverage specialists are extremely important.

  22. stellarperformance says: Mar 10, 2014 5:12 PM

    He had four special teams tackles in one game? The Vikings must’ve punted sixteen times.

  23. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 10, 2014 7:50 PM

    Good special teamer, why we cut mckennzie and farwell in recent years is beyond me.

    Would be an instant starter on the hopeless and talentless packers defense.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:12 AM

    Be it in free agency or the draft, the Vikings could really use a reliable designated driver.

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