- Anthony Barr
- Eric Kendricks
- Ben Gedeon
Not much happened when it comes to linebackers for the Minnesota Vikings this offseason. The didn’t use a pick on a linebacker until Round 4 of the 2020 NFL Draft, proving they have confidence in the returning staters to do the job this season.
The Vikings spent a lot of money to bring Barr back, and his five-year, $67.5 million contract links him to Minnesota through the 2023 season. Barr’s athleticism makes him an asset in run support and can let him drop back into coverage if the team wants to great creative with their scheme.
Meanwhile, Kendricks is coming off an incredible year that should put him in the debate for who the best interior linebacker in the league. Like Barr, Kendricks is locked down through the 2023 NFL season, so there shouldn’t be many surprises there for the next few years.
The only possible question mark as a starter would be Gedeon. There is a chance Eric Wilson has jumped him on the depth chart, but with how the Vikings often drop a linebacker for an extra defensive back, the third linebacker isn’t likely to play a majority of defensive snaps anyway.