The Vikings have made a move to bolster their thin linebacker corps, claiming former Texan Xavier Adibi off waivers. Adibi was an outside linebacker in Houston before being moved inside when the team switched to a 3-4 defense. Adibi impressed early in the preseason, notching two sacks in Houston’s game against the Jets, but nevertheless he ended up being cut, a move ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky labeled “a surprise.” The Vikes may have claimed Adibi based partially on what they saw from him Thursday night in the preseason finale when he had five tackles and a QB hit.
Maybe the Texans cut Adibi because they wanted to get younger (as Kuharsky says), or maybe they finally didn’t think he fit in their new scheme. Either way he is headed to the Vikings where he will be able to move back outside. Someone will have to be cut to make room for him on the roster, possibly Kenny Onatolu or Larry Dean. It wouldn’t shock me to see Adibi end up challenging Erin Henderson for the starting weak-side linebacker spot. Henderson’s really not that good and Adibi has some experience.