A league source has confirmed that former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur is signing with the Minnesota Vikings. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the deal is for two years and $6 million with $2.5 million guaranteed.
Lamur, 26, originally signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and played under Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer for two years when he was the defensive coordinator there.
The Vikings are looking for a player as a possible replacement for long-time Viking Chad Greenway, either this season or in the future. It is very possible that they view Lamur as a player who could do just that.
He played in all 16 regular-season games last season and totaled 342 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. The strange part of it, though, is that 276 of those snaps came when the offense was throwing the ball, which suggests the Bengals coaching staff was more comfortable with him in pass coverage than they were with him stopping the run.
The Vikings appear to have their nickel defense set with Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks as the linebackers, but general manager Rick Spielman and Zimmer both expressed their desire to create competition. For that reason, Lamur will likely be given the chance to compete for one of the linebacker spots in the nickel defense this offseason.
Lamur totaled 40 tackles, half a sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three pass deflections last year before being placed on the injured reserve with a knee injury the final game of the season.
He was forced to miss the Bengals’ single postseason game and his knee will be something to keep an eye on as offseason workouts roll around.
Another thing to keep in mind is how this signing will affect the potential signing of Greenway.