Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears injured linebacker Brian Urlacher prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran leadership in Brian Urlacher makes sense for young Minnesota Vikings squad

Yeah, the Brian Urlacher topic just won’t go away for the Minnesota Vikings.

There are reports that Urlacher, 36, may be in play for Vikings after minicamp.

The Vikings plan to evaluate what they have in rookie linebacker Gerald Hodges during  their three-day rookie minicamp, which started Friday. With a slow and quiet free agent market right now, the team can afford to do so.

“We’re going to sit and assess what we have,” general manager Rick Spielman said last week.

Depending on the type of progress Hodges makes during this time, the coaches will determine the approach they want to take moving forward. One approach, of course, would be to sign a veteran linebacker like Urlacher.

With a team full of young players—especially after drafting potentially five new starters—the Vikings could use some more veteran presence to help balance the team. There is only so much a handful of veteran players can do, for a roster that will consist mostly of players in their early- to mid-twenties.

If the team cuts veteran punter Chris Kluwe—as it seems inevitable at this point—they will clear about $1.45 million in cap space, which may be used towards signing Urlacher.

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  • WL- Minneapolis

    I don’t see them pulling the trigger on Urlacher until training camp. They’ll give the current guys a chance to prove themselves at MLB (and Hodges at WLB) before making a commitment with Urlacher. There is a comfort factor having Urlacher there, but its the 2nd best solution because he will take playing and development time from a younger guy that will need to step-up at some point.

  • Charles Stocks

    Why not Dansby. I doubt he’d cost more. He isn’t the leader that Urlacher is, but he is a better player at this stage