Arizona reaches 3-year deal with LB Brinkley

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a three-year contract with

inside linebacker Jasper Brinkley.

Brinkley played for the Minnesota Vikings the past four seasons,

accumulating a career-high 117 tackles in 2012. He had two sacks

and three forced fumbles in 15 starts.

Brinkley, a third-round pick out of South Carolina in 2009,

could start alongside Arizona’s standout Daryl Washington with the

probable departure of Paris Lenon in the team’s 3-4 alignment.

Brinkley visited the New York Giants on Wednesday, then came to

Arizona on Thursday and decided to sign with the Cardinals.

Brinkley is the sixth free agent signing for Arizona, seventh if

the re-signing of safety Rashad Johnson is included.