I know two things about former CFL linebacker Solomon Elimimian. He’s from Nigeria and he hits hard. So ferocious is Elimimian’s reputation that last year he was voted the hardest hitter in all the CFL by a poll of players. And now he’s ours. And the Vikings didn’t have to give him a $75,000 bonus like they gave Manny Arceneaux last year. Not wasting 75 grand on a guy who may very well spend most of the year on the practice squad? Always a good thing.
So where does Elimimian fit into the Vikings’ plans? Right now it’s hard to say. The Vikings will certainly have holes in the linebacker corps. Erin Henderson, E.J. Henderson, Xavier Adibi and Kenny Onatolu are all free agents. There’s also uncertainty about Jasper Brinkley who missed all of last year after hip surgery. Elimimian gives them an option, but as a CFL player he’s too much of an unknown quantity to really know where he falls in the mix. I would hesitate to project him as anything more than a back-up/special teams player at this time.