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Nov 25, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) tackles Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Vikings 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Is Brian Urlacher Good For The Vikings?


Recently, rumors have been running wild about the Vikings interest in signing free agent Linebacker Brian Urlacher.  The 34 year old former All-Pro Linebacker has also been linked to the Denver Broncos, but that report has been refuted by KCNC-TV’s Gary Miller.  This leaves the Vikings as the only known suitor out there for Urlacher.

Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Erin Henderson (50) warms up against the Houston Texans before the game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

If the Vikings signed him, it’s questionable as to what his role would be with the team.  His veteran leadership would be huge in helping develop their young Middle Linebackers.  The team recently moved Erin Henderson from Outside Linebacker to the inside and penciled him in as the starter.  Then, they drafted Michael Mauti in the seventh round of the draft this year to compete with Henderson.  They also feel good about the young Audie Cole to develop into a solid player.  Urlacher’s experience could be a major factor in why the Vikings would be interested.

October 6, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Michael Mauti (42) looks on during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

But would the Vikings use Urlacher as a starter if they did sign him?  The team seems confident that Henderson is more than capable of filling the void left by Jasper Brinkley in the middle.  They also see a leader in Michael Mauti if he can heal in time to compete for the position.  Urlacher’s age, speed and injury history raise a lot of questions as to his ability going forward.  The team would most likely put him in the competition with Henderson and Mauti for the job.

Another major factor will be the Urlacher’s pay.  The Vikings are already strapped for cash after other big free agent signing like Greg Jennings, Phil Loadholt, and Jerome Felton.  The team also has yet to sign their 3 first round draft picks this year.

Do you think Urlacher is worth picking up?  If so, is he an immediate starter, or should he compete for the job?  And at this point of his career, is he still an effective player?

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  • Mandooooo

    No Urlacher would just be a horrible pickup for the Vikes. I mean if we didn’t want to keep Winfield due to his age and salary despite the fact his level of play has gone up rather than down…NO WAY we get Urlacher who has been slacking in recent years and his injuries keep him from playing and he is getting old. I mean if we could sign him for 500,000 or less, that would be fine…but he isn’t worth a penny more than that to just be a “coach” for lack of a better word and take up cap space and a roster spot.

    • vikingo

      HeSign the guy and let him sack cutler 4 times rub it into the bears he still has some gas in the tank.plus he can help the younger players develop at the position.urlacher will be a great fit for the vikings.plus he will play his ass off when they play the bears give the guy a chance

  • Rob

    I doubt Urlacher and his wrecked knees would be any better than the combo of Erin Henderson moving to MLB and Gerald Hodges starting as a rookie at OLB. I’d rather they stay the course and give playing time to the promising young players.

  • poopinpants

    i think he should be signed and rotated. hes effective but idk if he would be every down. still i seem to recall alot of vikings fans being happy last season when he was injured and we knew we wouldnt have to face him a second time..