They think they found that Thursday when they agreed to a two-year contract with former Minnesota Vikings thumper Jasper Brinkley, the inside linebacker who visited the Tempe facility Thursday.
Brinkley, 6-foot-1 and 252 pounds, figures to plug right into Lenon’s role, although fellow
Brinkley had a career-high 117 tackles in 2012, with two sacks and three forced fumbles in 15 starts. A 2009 fifth-round draft pick, Brinkley made 19 total starts in 48 games with Minnesota, totaling three sacks and four passes defensed.
The signing likely ends the pursuit of another free-agent linebacker who visited, Rey Maualuga. Cornerback
The Cardinals also have to make a decision on quarterback Kevin Kolb soon. He receives a $2 million bonus if still on the roster by 1 p.m. Arizona time Friday.