Career Stats: 6 Years in league | 174 tackles | 4 Forced Fumbles
Brinkley is a familiar face and has played his entire career for the Vikings except for last year when he took his talents to Arizona. With the Cardinals experiment ending with is release the Vikings didn’t waste much time in bringing him back on a 1 year deal. The former South Carolina linebacker is still only 28 years old and brings some good knowledge back to a Viking team that brought in a few rookies last year to compete at linebacker.
While I don’t think the Vikings brought Brinkley back to be a starter he does add nice depth and experience. I fully expect Minnesota to still address the linebacker position at some point in the draft, possibly earlier than people think.
Fans will moan about bringing back the former starter that never really looked like more than a reserve, I see it as a depth move and he will be fighting for a spot on the roster just like every other player on the roster.
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