Linebacker Getting Lined Up For Vikings?

The Vikings could be close to signing a linebacker in the coming days, according to a league source.

Free-agent linebacker Dallas Sartz, who was a fifth-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2007, could be signed by the Minnesota Vikings next week, a league source told

Sartz was waived prior to the start of last season and had a workout for the Vikings a few weeks ago.

The Vikings are set in their starting lineup with Ben Leber on the strong side, E.J. Henderson in the middle and Chad Greenway on the weak side. Heath Farwell, who was tendered a $1.417 million offer as a restricted free agent before the signing period began, is expected to be the primary at a few different linebacker spots and Vinny Ciurciu, a 2007 free-agent signee, can back up at middle linebacker, too.

Sartz's signing would add to the developmental depth and he would likely have to prove himself in spring and summer camps to earn a roster spot.

Sartz, listed at 6-4 and 240 pounds, played in 53 games with 34 starts during his five seasons (including a medical redshirt) at USC. He finished his collegiate career with 194 tackles (106 solo), 12.5 sacks, 16 pass deflections and two forced and recovered fumbles. During his final season, he led the Trojans with a career-high seven sacks.

Sartz had to regain his starting job as a senior at Southern California after having shoulder surgery in 2005 and responded with 70 tackles, including five for a loss. He had started the previous three seasons at strongside linebacker before taking a redshirt season when he suffered his dislocated left shoulder in the second game of the year.

Sartz is working out for teams now that he's recovered from a hamstring issue last year.

He played football, basketball and participated in track and field at Granite Bay (Calif.) High School.

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