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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. With only four linebackers returning, the Minnesota Vikings added some depth to the position on Tuesday.
According to the team's website, Minnesota signed Marvin Mitchell, a five-year veteran who played last season with the Miami Dolphins. Mitchell, 27, will also play on special teams after tallying 30 tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble last season with Miami, while also leading the team with 12 special teams tackles.
Mitchell, a seventh-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 2007 draft, has 119 career tackles and two sacks. He's started two of his 71 career games and had a career-high 43 tackles in 2010 with New Orleans. He began his career on the Saints' practice squad before being added to the active roster in October of his rookie season. He's played at least 14 games each of the past four years.
Starters Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson return to the linebacking corps and will start on the outsides in the Vikings' 4-3 scheme. Henderson was re-signed to a one-year contract earlier this offseason. Jasper Brinkley is expected to take the starting spot at middle linebacker, replacing E.J. Henderson, who is a free agent. Henderson hasn't signed with a team yet, as the linebacker market continues to move slowly. Brinkley is coming off hip surgery and missed the entire 2011 season.
Behind the expected starters, Minnesota only has Larry Dean and Tyrone McKenzie returning. The Vikings have signed Mitchell and Solomon Elimimian this offseason. Elimimian was signed out of the Canadian Football League, where he was named the league's most outstanding rookie in 2010 and hardest hitter in 2011.
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