Free-agent MLB Jasper Brinkley has agreed to leave the Vikings for a two-year deal with Arizona.
By BRIAN HALL FS North
Jasper Brinkley's return to the
Minnesota Vikings seemed unlikely even as Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman said he was interested in re-signing all of the team's unrestricted free agents.
Brinkley found his next home Thursday when he agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the
Arizona Cardinals, according to the team's website. Brinkley, 27, was a full-time starter for the first time in his four-year career last season with the Vikings, tallying 63 tackles and three forced fumbles as Minnesota's starting middle linebacker.
Brinkley tweeted a goodbye to Vikings fans Thursday evening: "Thanks to everyone in MN for all the support over my last four years, It really was a blessing to play with some great guys n great fans."
Brinkley, a fifth-round draft choice by Minnesota out of South Carolina in 2009, will get the chance to start inside in Arizona's 3-4 defense alongside Pro Bowl linebacker