Brinkley, a fifth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 NFL Draft, had been a reserve leading up to the 2012 season. Finally given the opportunity to see some significant playing time, Brinkley responded with 97 tackles, three forced fumbles and two passes defended.
With the exception of 2011, when he missed the season due to a fluke hip injury, the linebacker has been relatively dependable, playing in all 48 games (2009-2010, 2012).
With Chase Blackburn likely leaving via free agency (Dallas Cowboys have expressed interest) and Mark Herzlich and Jake Muasau the only two middle linebackers left on the roster, Brinkley could come in and compete for the starting job. And although his numbers and NFL career have been relatively unspectacular to this point, he's a solid talent who could provide depth at a position of need.
Still, Brinkley isn't a field general, he's not able to call plays and he won't improve the position. He'd merely be a quality body adding depth and competition at middle linebacker.
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