Report: New York Giants Interested in Former Vikings MLB Jasper Brinkley

Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 13, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 11: Jasper Brinkley #54 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a tackle during the second quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions on November 11, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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On the second day of NFL free agency, the New York Giants continue their search of talent.

And on that second day, they have a linebacker in their sights.

According to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger, former Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley has come to meet with the Giants on Wednesday.

MLB Jasper Brinkley, who started 15 games last season for Vikes, is visiting Giants today, @caplannfl reports. #nyg

— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) March 13, 2013

The 27-year-old middle linebacker had a breakout season in Minnesota as 2012 was his first full season as a starter, making 97 total tackles with three forced fumbles.

The Giants could use an upgrade at the middle linebacker spot, especially with last year's starter Chase Blackburn now a free agent as well.

The team had been trying to bring Blackburn back for 2013, but he wanted to test the free agent market to see what was out there.

Brinkley was a fifth-round draft pick out of South Carolina by the Vikings in the 2009 NFL Draft and played mostly as a backup or on special teams before 2012.

This would be the kind of move that is very typical of Giants GM Jerry Reese.

Finding an up-and-coming player on the verge of breaking out—while under the radar—and being able to plug them into the starting lineup would be ideal.

Even if the Giants did manage to bring Blackburn back for another season, I think they should keep him on as a backup and for leadership, while Brinkley should be the starter.

It's no shock that the Giants are looking to upgrade their linebacker positions as well, considering the unit struggled in 2012, especially with injuries.

Aside from Blackburn being a free agent, Keith Rivers is also a free agent as well and Michael Boley was released back in February.

We'll have to see how this meeting between Brinkley and the Giants goes and if a contract offer is given at the end of it.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.