The Vikings continue the process of locking up own free agents they feel still have value to their future plans. The latest to return is linebacker Larry Dean, who was set to hit restricted free agency before inking a new deal with Minnesota.
Like fellow restricted free agent Marcus Sherels, Dean has been an undrafted free agent success story for the Vikings. The Vikes plucked him from the UDFA ranks out of Valdosta State in 2011, and since then Dean has developed into a stalwart special teams performer and backup linebacker.
Special teams coach Mike Priefer has his guys. Andrew Sendejo is one, and last year he got a nice contract extension. Priefer surely wrote up a good recommendation for Dean as well and handed that in to Rick Spielman.
Besides being solid in his role on the field, Dean has never as far as I know expressed a political opinion or in any other way made waves off the field. That’s big for Priefer.
The Vikes now have both Jasper Brinkley and Larry Dean under contract as relatively veteran depth options at linebacker. They still plan to add more talent to the linebacker corps I’m assuming.