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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 10:02 am    Post subject: Brian Urlacher considering the Vikings...? Reply with quote

According to Chicago Sun-Times gossip columnist Michael Sneed, the longtime Bears star is close to making a decision about his football future. And he's looking north.

"Brian is leaning toward heading to Minnesota and is talking a one- to two-year contract," Sneed said Tuesday, quoting a source "close to Urlacher."

Sneed says the eight-time Pro Bowler, who turned up his nose at the Bears' $1.6 million contract offer back in March, also is talking to the Denver Broncos.

http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_23238653/brian-urlacher-leaning-toward-vikings-chicago-report-says
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would he be an upgrade there?

Who is the Vikes current starting MLB...Henderson?

Urlacher is a pretty average at this point, but he could provide a nice leader for that locker room.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FourThreeMafia wrote:
Would he be an upgrade there?

Who is the Vikes current starting MLB...Henderson?

Urlacher is a pretty average at this point, but he could provide a nice leader for that locker room.


Yes, Henderson is projected starting MLB. He'd be brought in for a year, have the 7th round injured guy from Penn State learn under him, and see if he can get healthy. Allows Henderson to go back to OLB, and Hodges would have a year to learn.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FourThreeMafia wrote:
Would he be an upgrade there?

Who is the Vikes current starting MLB...Henderson?

Urlacher is a pretty average at this point, but he could provide a nice leader for that locker room.


Both the Vikings and Broncos are playoff teams. Can Urlacher provide the kind of MLB coverage he did a few years back? Probably not. Can he rotate in on certain downs? Yup. He knows the Tampa 2. Good leadership skills. Good mentoring to younger players. The Bears will miss him. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We wouldn't take this report as gospel truth. Sneed does not have a history of breaking NFL news. It's still interesting, though, that he cited a source close to the eight-time Pro Bowl selection.

Although the Vikings had announced plans to move weak-side linebacker Erin Henderson to the middle, they might be having second thoughts after failing to select an early-round linebacker in last month's draft. Adding Urlacher would prevent fourth-rounder Gerald Hodges from being rushed into the starting lineup while also allowing Henderson to return to his natural position. For salary-cap purposes, an Urlacher signing is likely on hold until after June 1.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000169369/article/brian-urlacher-reportedly-leaning-towards-vikings
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Would love to get him. He would only help at this point. Not what he used to be but since neither Te'o nor Minter were drafted by Minnesota, Urlacher would be fine.

Interesting he's talking to the Broncos too. That'd be another good place for him. At this point he'll be looking to go to a contender. Both teams (Broncos more so) are and both still have holes at LB. Would be funny to see him end up in Denver, as him and D.J. Williams would essentially be swapping teams playing the same position. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Broncos rumor has been debunked. Denver isn't going after him.
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Urlacher is a natural fit for the Vikes Cover 2 scheme. Granted he is much older, he would provide veteran experience at the position and move Erin Henderson back to WLB. Otherwise, Henderson would start at MLB with Gerald Hodges at WLB.

Would be a solid signing,and a decent stop gap until next years draft.
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Dont most cover-2 LBs have to have some sort of speed/athleticism?...

Also is he really worth more than the 1.6M Chicago offered him?
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JaguarCrazy2832 wrote:
Dont most cover-2 LBs have to have some sort of speed/athleticism?...

Also is he really worth more than the 1.6M Chicago offered him?


You dont need good speed if you have good instincts and great length. Urlacher has lost a step over the years, but id probably trust him more in coverage then Erin Henderson. Henderson is neither athletic nor instinctive.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
We wouldn't take this report as gospel truth. Sneed does not have a history of breaking NFL news. It's still interesting, though, that he cited a source close to the eight-time Pro Bowl selection.

Although the Vikings had announced plans to move weak-side linebacker Erin Henderson to the middle, they might be having second thoughts after failing to select an early-round linebacker in last month's draft. Adding Urlacher would prevent fourth-rounder Gerald Hodges from being rushed into the starting lineup while also allowing Henderson to return to his natural position. For salary-cap purposes, an Urlacher signing is likely on hold until after June 1.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000169369/article/brian-urlacher-reportedly-leaning-towards-vikings


Sneed is a political columnist of the other gender. She mostly works politics but picks up stray bits on Hollywood, sports and just about anything else. She and Ebert were at the same paper and stumbled upon the occasional movie scoop. She famously slipped the sheets and broke a sports story, many moons ago, that still echoes, resonates.... Cool
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From Total Access: #Vikings source on Urlacher report: Giving current players chance to compete at ILB "barring unforeseen circumstances"


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vikingsrule wrote:
JaguarCrazy2832 wrote:
Dont most cover-2 LBs have to have some sort of speed/athleticism?...

Also is he really worth more than the 1.6M Chicago offered him?


You dont need good speed if you have good instincts and great length. Urlacher has lost a step over the years, but id probably trust him more in coverage then Erin Henderson. Henderson is neither athletic nor instinctive.


Not exactly true, or at least not how the Bears used him. He truely relied on his speed and quickness throughout all of his career and thats why he's succeeded in the past. His instincts are above average, but he's had so many injuries over the past few years that he just can't compete at even an average level anymore. His instincts are useless if he can't take the field or perform.

If they sign him, its most likely to get a bit of insight into the Bear's defense (although they are under a new DC, so even though they aren't changing schemes, things will change) and for his leadership.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was purely speaking in terms of him being healthy, which obviously hasnt been the case.

The Vikes use there MLB in coverage very similarly to how the Bears do, that is why I see this as a natural fit for MN.

However, loss of athleticism and proneness to injury are two legit concerns. I would guess that if Urlacher is signed and doesnt perform well or is injured, MN would probably part ways and keep Henderson at MLB permanently. But a lot depends on Gerald Hodges at WLB.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have no problem with Urlacher as a one year rental as others have mentioned, he's a natural fit for the defense that the Vikings run. And now that the draft is over and the Vikings didn't find an immediate starter, why not bring him in. Personally I think the idea of Erin Henderson as the MLB is a disaster, as he has below average instincts and isn't very quick to read and react.

If Michael Mauti can stay healthy, I think he could be a steal and the future at MLB for the Vikings, but giving him the hole year to recover would only be a good thing, and having a veteran of Urlacher's quality to learn from both on the field and in the film room would be awesome for Mauti.
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