The Minnesota Vikings have a need to fill at the inside linebacker position after Jasper Brinkley signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Minnesota was expected by many draft analysts to take Manti Te’o with the 25th pick overall. There were three opportunities for the Minnesota Vikings to draft Te’o in the first round and they passed on all three. Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarralle Patterson were too good for the Vikings to pass up. So what will the Minnesota Vikings do with the inside linebacker position?
As of right now it looks like the Vikings will be moving OLB Erin Henderson into the middle. Henderson told reporters on Wednesday that he will be playing inside linebacker next season. This would provide an opportunity for 4th round draft pick, Gerald Hodges, to take over at the starting outside linebacker position. Gerald Hodges will be competing with OLB Larry Dean for the starting job.
If Erin Henderson does not progress well at the inside linebacker position then the Minnesota Vikings may look to free agency. There is the possibility that the Minnesota Vikings could sign Veteran Linebacker, Brian Urlacher. The odds of the Minnesota Vikings signing Brian Urlacher do not look to be very high. The main reason is because his price tag is too high for what the Vikings are willing to pay for an aging player. Other possible free agents that the Minnesota Vikings could sign are Daryl Smith or Karlos Dansby.
As the offseason rolls on, Erin Henderson will be the starting inside linebacker. Will he be the starter for week one?
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