Receiver isnt the only position of need for the Vikings. With Chad Greenways season over, the team is looking at several linebackers, and one current Viking is hoping for an intriguing option.
Linebacker Chad Greenways 2006 season ended when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the teams preseason opener Monday night.
Following Wednesday mornings practice, the team was working out a half-dozen prospects on a practice field at Minnesota State-Mankatos training camp. They all appeared to be linebacker size and going through typical linebacker agility and speed drills.
Although the team wasnt releasing the names of those that were working out, there is one prospect that would seem to fit the scheme, the need, and bring a family element to the roster linebacker Jamie Sharper, the brother of safety Darren Sharper.
Im trying to get him in. Hes great. Hes been working out the last two months. Hes in excellent condition. He worked out (last week) for the New England Patriots and they said he looked real good, Sharper said.
Darren said he talked with Jamie Monday night after Greenways injury. Jamie suffered a staph infection in his knee last November as a member of the Seattle Seahawks and was placed on injured reserve in December, but Darren said Jamie is healthy and ready to play.
He would fit in good. His weight is like 235, so he can move extremely well. He could probably play two spots, the weak side or the middle. Hes a guy that can bring you versatility and experience. He knows what to do, Darren said.
However, Darren said he didnt think Jamie had a workout scheduled with the Vikings. According to the Tampa Tribune, Jamie was also working out on a field adjacent to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice facility Tuesday, but Bucs GM Bruce Allen denied that Jamie was working out for the team.
Jamie signed a five-year, $17.5 million deal, including a $1.5 million signing bonus, with the Seahawks last year, but they released him in March. Previous to 2005, Jamie had started 127 of 128 games, including 121 consecutive games. He played strongside linebacker with the Seahawks.
Before signing with Seattle, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Jacksonville had each shown some interest in him. He was a second-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 1997 and also played with the Houston Texans before signing with the Seahawks.
Prior to joining Seattle, Jamie had more than 1,000 tackles, including 100 or more in six consecutive seasons, along with 25.5 career sacks, 14 forced fumbled, seven fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
Before being injured last season, Sharper started the first eight games of the season, registering 37 tackles and one forced fumble.
He would love to be here, so hopefully it would work out, Darren said.
Reuniting the two brothers, who played together at Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va., is something Darren would embrace.
That would be a good cap of our careers. It would be good to play together and it would be even better if we could win the Super Bowl together. He has a ring and hopefully I can get one too, but it would be better if I could get one with him.
Tim Yotter covers reports for the VikingUpdate.com, the Minnesota Vikings affiliate on the Scout.com network