When the Oakland Raiders recently asked the 10-year veteran linebacker to take a pay cut, Greg Biekert considered the notion.
Ultimately Biekert refused to accept a pay cut and was released by the Raiders on Sunday.
In the days leading up to the league-mandated Sept. 1 cut-down date the Raiders attempted to trade Biekert. The rumored asking price was a mid-round selection in the 2003 draft.
Conversation with a handful of teams were conducted, but nothing serious materialized, sources close to the Raiders tell The Insiders.
"A few teams expressed an interest in Biekert, but talks never reached a serious stage with anyone," the source said. "The Raiders were hoping that Biekert would change his mind over the past couple days and accept the pay cut. He did not and was released."
What we do know is that the Vikings are interested in Biekert. Reuniting him with defensive coordinator Willie Shaw could pay immediate dividends for a Vikings defense that has shown signs of improving, but is less than satisfied with the middle linebacker position presently.
A source close to the Vikings informs The Insiders late Sunday evening that the Vikings appear primed to make a play for Biekert.
"Right now the team has a void at the middle linebacker spot. Biekert is a solid player that has the ability to play a good couple more seasons," the source said. "The Vikings may not be able to land the veteran, but it appears that they are going to certainly give it a shot.