Vikings GM Rick Spielman was asked about the idea of possibly signing free agent LB Brian Urlacher on Sunday. Spielman reportedly “chuckled” at the question, but wouldn’t completely rule out the idea.
“Right now, I don’t anticipate us doing anything (with Urlacher),” Spielman said, via ESPN 1500 Twin Cities. “But in the personnel side, you’re always out there looking for potential players or this or that who can come in and add and help you win ballgames.”
Minnesota added two linebackers on Day 3 of the draft in Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti, but it’s hard to imagine them solidifying the position for the next 10 years.
As for Urlacher, his market remains limited at best. The Vikings seem like his best option at this point in time. The play a Tampa 2 defense and could use some depth and leadership on that side of the football, but obviously there’s no guarantee they’ll sign the 34-year-old.
We have Urlacher listed as the No. 15 player in our Best Available Free Agents list.
Minnesota was reported to have touched base with Urlacher and his representation early on in free agency, but there’s been almost no movement regarding the future Hall of Famer.
Many expected the Vikings to target a linebacker at some point early on in the draft. If you had told me that they were going to walk away with three first-round picks, I would have easily put money on them taking Manti Te’o in round one, but that obviously wasn’t the case. Instead, the Vikings waited until the fourth and seventh-rounds of the draft to grab grabbed Penn State LBs Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti.
Urlacher, 34, could be had for limited money and no more than a two-year deal. He fits their defense and is more than familiar with the NFC North, which should be a marketable quality.