After spending some time working with Mike Zimmer on the Cincinnati Bengals, Emmanuel Lamur decided to follow his former defensive coordinator and sign with the Vikings in 2016. Minnesota and the linebacker agreed to a two-year contract worth $6 million, including $2.5 million guaranteed.
Given his experience as a starter in Cincinnati, some believed that Lamur was going to become a significant contributor for the Vikings’ defense. However, that never turned out to be the case.
Lamur was basically relegated to special teams during his tenure with Minnesota. In two seasons with the Vikings, the linebacker accumulated a total of just 21 tackles and zero sacks.
With Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks ahead of him on the depth chart, it was just too difficult for Lamur to ever get on the field for defensive snaps in Minnesota. The Vikings opted not to re-sign him after his contract ran out in 2018 and absolutely no one was surprised by their decision.