I was kind of leaning towards dismissing reports of the Minnesota Vikings having interest in middle linebacker Brian Urlacher as an attempt to drive up the price of his services, with hopes of getting Chicago to overpay just like the Bears did to Minnesota in regards to right tackle Phil Loadholt.
I’m no longer leaning in that direction.
According to a report from Chicago, which we got from the cool new (to us, anyways) Vikings site SportingSota, Urlacher is actually scheduled to visit the Vikings now.
There are not any details regarding a timeline for the visit, but I suspect we’re going to find out real soon just how interested the Vikings actually are. It is hard to imagine Urlacher being much more than a temporary stopgap at the position, and maybe a mentor to younger linebackers, but he certainly has a well established track record of beating NFC North teams.
At 34 years old, however, and clearly into his regression, that track record may prove to be in the past only.