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Vikings still expected to meet with Jameel McClain on Monday

Jameel McClain, John Harbaugh, Arthur Brown, Nigel Carr AP

The Vikings signed Jasper Brinkley on Sunday, but that doesn’t appear to have put an end to their search for linebacking help.

Adam Caplan of ESPN reported last week that Jameel McClain, who was released by the Ravens last month, would visit with the Vikings on Monday. Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the meeting is still expected to take place even though Brinkley has been brought on board.

McClain played mostly on the inside for the Ravens, which would presumably put him in the mix for the middle linebacker job left open with Erin Henderson’s release. Brinkley and Audie Cole would also be part of that mix among players currently on the Vikings’ roster.

Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reported over the weekend that the “door is still open” for McClain with the Giants, who he visited last week, although they’d prefer to bring back Jon Beason. McClain also visited the Bills last week, as did Brinkley before returning for a second stint in Minnesota.

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17 Responses to “Vikings still expected to meet with Jameel McClain on Monday”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 10, 2014 9:07 AM

    Best franchise in the NFL

    No team evaluates talent better.

    #Skol

  2. thepftpoet says: Mar 10, 2014 9:11 AM

    Notice

  3. eagleswinitall says: Mar 10, 2014 9:23 AM

    Measuring against the Griffen deal, his contract will be for 8 years and $150 million.

  4. summitmech says: Mar 10, 2014 9:47 AM

    Yay! We got our Mike back! Don’t do that again Jasper. I missed you bud. Welcome back!

  5. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 10, 2014 9:48 AM

    I really thought McClizzle would be a Raven for life.

  6. freeigwebuike says: Mar 10, 2014 9:57 AM

    We’ve got Jaspar Brinkley and Audi Cole, what do we need McClain for?

  7. daltongang1 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:13 AM

    What a joke of a franchise. Aren’t they going to be playing at a High School Stadium the next 2 seasons

  8. vikinganswer says: Mar 10, 2014 10:17 AM

    He who knows nothing sure looks the fool. Griffen is paid on potential like 80% of the others in the league. Losing Allen made this move a must!!!

    eagleswinitall says:Mar 10, 2014 9:23 AM

    Measuring against the Griffen deal, his contract will be for 8 years and $150 million.

  9. whatjusthapped says: Mar 10, 2014 10:31 AM

    McClain should talk to Craig Jennings before signing anything with the Vikings.

    He should find out what it feels like to play for a last place team after your previous employer was a perennial playoff contender and Superbowl champ. The business term is buyer’s remorse except in this case all the remorse is on the player’s side of the equation.

  10. zn0rseman says: Mar 10, 2014 10:42 AM

    Audie Cooooooooole!!!

    FTW!

  11. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 10, 2014 10:43 AM

    I guess his rap sheet wasn’t impressive enough to keep him Baltimore.

  12. nflpoker says: Mar 10, 2014 10:50 AM

    Brinkley will not be a starter (League minimum??). He will more likely be getting splinters warming the bench. If they get McClain, Brinkley will be dead weight. The Vikes aready have Audie Cole. If they draft an LB this year, then it would be an OLB, like Mack, Barr or Mosely. I definately would want McClain over Brinkley.

  13. purpleguy says: Mar 10, 2014 11:02 AM

    I’d just as soon the Vikes look for OLBs. Well. and DTs, CBs and OGs. . . . . .

  14. cluelessdufus says: Mar 10, 2014 11:27 AM

    Bring in linebacker competition, we need it with a huge hole at ILB, an aging Greenway (31) and injury prone Bishop. This is probably are biggest need now that Griffin has been extended. Still, it would be nice to get someone across Rhodes that won’t get torched or injury concerns. Same can be said for offense, need to fill the hole that Charlie Johnson never really fixed.

  15. banlarson says: Mar 10, 2014 4:01 PM

    Won’t matter who plays MLB unless they get some beef up the middle at NT. Dean is a special teams ace and good resign. Would like to have seen more of Hodges last year. A 4th is not a throw away pick and he was projected as a 3rd rounder, so he has the talent.

  16. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 10, 2014 7:12 PM

    The Vikings will leave no stone un-turned in their quest to move up into the top 30 NFL defenses.

  17. brewdogg says: Mar 11, 2014 2:42 PM

    I am starting to wonder whether or not Matui is not responding well to rehab…. With Cole and Brinkley, they should be reasonably positioned to give him a shot at winning that spot next year if he was healthy, but bringing in McClain would end that…. I still think that the 8th pick is Barr or Mack, and that leaves them plenty of time to evaluate Hodges to see if he can replace Greenway. If Matui can play, they should be good at LB for a couple years.

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