The Minnesota Vikings and former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher seem to have a distinctly different take on current negotiations between the two. According to Urlacher, both the Vikings and the Broncos have made firm offers that he is currently mulling over. Urlacher also told sources that he is stromgly leaning towards signing with the Vikings.
So, done deal, right ? ……..Not so fast ! The Vikings are not only saying that they have NOT made an offer, they are saying that they have no interest in Urlacher at all. So what’s the deal ? Is Urlacher and his agent blowing smoke in an attempt to garner interest in the former Pro Bowler ? Or are the Vikings simply playing their cards close to the vest just in case Urlacher changes his mind.
One certainty that the team doesn’t want to risk alienating Erin Henderson by giving him the impression that the team is trying to replace or upgrade the position he has been told is his. Speaking of which, sources close to the team are saying that Henderson is furious over the fact that the team is reaching out to the Urlacher camp at all.
Even if the team does bring Urlacher in, it is doubtful that he would be a three down back. He has been fighting various leg injuries over the past three seasons, and it is clear when watching film that he has lost a step. It is likely that Henderson would still be used as a strongside linebacker on first and second downs, then switch to the middle on passing downs. If this is the case, this move would still be a major upgrade over Jasper Brinkley.
The Dawg has his ear to the ground on this, and updates will be posted as they develop. SKOL !