Arizona reaches 3-year deal with LB Brinkley

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 14, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball against Jasper Brinkley #54 and Kevin Williams #93 of the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a three-year contract with inside linebacker Jasper Brinkley. Brinkley played for the Minnesota Vikings the past four seasons, accumulating a career-high 117 tackles in 2012. He had two sacks and three forced fumbles in 15 starts. Brinkley, a third-round pick out of South Carolina in 2009, could start alongside Arizona's standout Daryl Washington with the probable departure of Paris Lenon in the team's 3-4 alignment. Brinkley visited the New York Giants on Wednesday, then came to Arizona on Thursday and decided to sign with the Cardinals. Brinkley is the sixth free agent signing for Arizona, seventh if the re-signing of safety Rashad Johnson is included.
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