Chad Greenway: Ben Leber Likely Won’t Return

In an interview today with KFAN Sports Radio AM 1130, newly franchised tagged linebacker Chad Greenway stated the following on Ben Leber’s free agency — “I would say there is a better percentage of him not being here than him being here… But again, that’s not my hope.”

Leber is an interesting case in the event we ever get around to a free agency in these dull times of the lockout. He’s been an adequate weakside linebacker for the purple for the past five seasons after coming over in free agency from the San Diego Chargers. But that was also Brad Childress’s first year in this regime and Leber very well may be gone with a new head coach in Leslie Frazier in town. He’s also 32 now and Rick Spielman could easily be thinking that money could be spent elsewhere. Like retaining Sidney Rice and restructuring Adrian Peterson’s deal.

In the event Leber is gone a wide-open competition for that position is what to expect for now. Erin Henderson has wanted an opportunity to start for years and rookie Ross Homan would also deserve a punchers chance to compete. Homan was great in pass coverage playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes, which is essential for that position. Jasper Brinkley’s name also deserves mention and while he hits like a truck in run defense, he proved to be a liability in pass defense when he has been called upon.

And then there’s always the chance Mike Singletary decides to suit up in pads again.

Jon Merckle may be followed on Twitter @thevikingpig

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