Vikings still expected to meet with Jameel McClain on Monday

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.

17 responses to “Vikings still expected to meet with Jameel McClain on Monday

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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