Jasper Brinkley leaves Giants visit, will meet with Cardinals

AP

The Giants had linebacker Jasper Brinkley in for a visit on Wednesday, but Brinkley didn’t sign a contract before leaving the team’s headquarters.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Brinkley is now headed to Arizona to meet with the Cardinals. Brinkley is coming off a 15-start, 99-tackle year for the Vikings, his first year as a starter in Minnesota.

There have been varying accounts of the Giants’ likelihood of bringing back middle linebacker Chase Blackburn. They may be talking to Brinkley and others who play the position in hopes of finding the player who fits what they’re looking to pay for a player at the spot. They cut Michael Boley before free agency began and aren’t expected to bring back Keith Rivers, which means linebacker is a need area for the Giants even after they settle things in the middle.

The Cardinals have kept themselves busy on Wednesday by signing linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, cornerback Jerraud Powers, quarterback Drew Stanton, running back Rashard Mendenhall and safety Yeremiah Bell. We’ll see if they continue on their bulk buying spree with Brinkley once he makes it to Arizona.