Vikings reportedly interested in signing former Broncos linebacker

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Todd Davis
(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Todd Davis /

The Minnesota Vikings need help at linebacker after Anthony Barr’s injury.

For the past few years, the Minnesota Vikings haven’t had to worry very much about the linebackers on their roster as Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks have been on the field for 84 percent of the team’s games since 2015.

Things are about to be much different, however, as Barr suffered a chest injury during Minnesota’s Week 2 loss and he will be out of action for the rest of the season.

Thankfully, the Vikings still have Kendricks healthy. But Minnesota now needs to find someone who can make up for the loss of Barr in their defense.

Minnesota Vikings showing interest in former Denver Broncos linebacker

During the past four seasons, Todd Davis was a starting linebacker for the Broncos, and in three of these seasons, he finished with at least 95 tackles. Last year, Davis ended the season with 134 tackles, which was the second-most of any player in the AFC.

The former Denver linebacker is currently without a team, but Minnesota is apparently interested in potentially adding him to their roster.

According to Broncos reporter Mike Klis, Davis is currently going through COVID-19 testing with the Vikings and he will meet with the team if everything goes well with his tests.

Undrafted out of Sacramento State, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker has been in the NFL since 2014 when he signed with New Orleans Saints. Midway through the 2014 season, he landed on Denver’s roster and he went on to appear in a total of 82 games for the Broncos.

Davis’ starting experience is something that could give a big boost to a Vikings defense that is currently struggling to stop their opponents from putting points on the board.

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In addition to the reported interest in Davis on Tuesday, Minnesota also decided to sign linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. to the active roster. Nickerson spent the first two weeks of the season on the Vikings practice squad.