A couple of months after the initial rumors began, talks of Brian Urlacher joining the Minnesota Vikings have returned. A report from the Chicago Sun-Times cites a source close to Urlacher that says the legendary linebacker is leaning towards Minnesota, over the Denver Broncos.
Of course there’s the issue of money, but the Vikings would have enough to pay Urlacher a modest deal. He’s not going to get the kind of money he’s used to, but I don’t think $3 million a season would be out of the question. As far as length of a potential deal, there’s no way he’d get more than a two-year offer from Minnesota.
If you look at the big picture for the Vikings, Urlacher doesn’t really fit in. But in the short-term, he makes a ton of sense. After Minnesota failed to draft a legitimate starting middle linebacker, they’ve now moved Erin Henderson inside to try and fill the void. Maybe Henderson can hold his own inside, but I don’t know why the Vikings would take that chance.
They have an experienced leader at their disposal, who if managed properly, can still be a difference-maker. Urlacher is not his old self, but he can still bring a lot to the table for the young Vikings’ defense. It’s a unit that’s down a big time leader after the departure of Antoine Winfield, so adding a veteran presence, would be key.
If the future hall-of-famer is deciding between Minnesota and Denver, you know he’s got Super Bowl on the brain. The Broncos are clearly in better position to make a run at the Lombardi trophy, so Urlacher must be intrigued by something in Minneapolis. Maybe, it’s the fact they play the Chicago Bears twice a year?
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