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Jasper Brinkley | Linebacker

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/12/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 252
College: South Carolina

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Giants signed LB Jasper Brinkley, formerly of the Cowboys.
The Cowboys showed Brinkley the door less than 24 hours ago. Brinkley defended the run well last season but was a liability in pass coverage. He's best suited for an early-down role. Sep 8 - 3:56 PM

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Cowboys released LB Jasper Brinkley.

Dallas handed Brinkley a two-year deal at the onset of free agency in March and gave him $2 million guaranteed. He's merely a two-down thumper inside.
Sep 7 - 6:37 PM

Cowboys agreed to terms with ILB Jasper Brinkley, formerly of the Vikings, on a two-year contract.

A seventh-year pro, Brinkley is a run-stopping specialist. He made 74 tackles on 471 snaps for Mike Zimmer's defense last season. The move helps rebuild the Cowboys' linebacker depth following the departures of Justin Durant and Bruce Carter.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 12 - 11:28 PM

The Vikings have yet to open talks with free agent MLB Jasper Brinkley.

Brinkley wants to return to Minnesota, but the Vikings are looking to replace him with a three-down linebacker. He should be available for role-player salary as a situational run-stopper. PFF rated Brinkley as a top-20 inside linebacker in 2014.
Mar 7 - 7:32 PM

Jasper Brinkley started the first two preseason games at middle linebacker.

Brinkley appears to have his nose in front of Audie Cole for the starting job in base packages. "Jasper seems to be a little bit more communicative, and Audie seems to have a little more range," coach Mike Zimmer said. "As far as the running game, they're very close -- and (in) the passing game they're similar." Brinkley will be on a short leash if he does win the job, and may rotate out even on early downs. There are safer IDP situations out there to attack.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Coach Mike Zimmer suggested the Vikings may use a committee approach at middle linebacker.

Weak-side 'backer Chad Greenway will play Mike in sub-packages, but Jasper Brinkley, Audie Cole, and Michael Mauti are sharing base-defense reps. The Vikings' middle linebacker position could be an IDP black hole if players rotate, and none of them emerges as a three-down defender. For now, the only Vikes linebackers likely to play all downs are Greenway and SLB Anthony Barr.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 03:25:00 PM

Jasper Brinkley has been taking the first-team reps at middle linebacker at Vikings voluntary workouts this week.

Brinkley was re-signed by the Vikings after a one-year stint in Arizona. He's merely a two-down run plugger who can't cover a lick. Audie Cole and Michael Mauti should give Brinkley a run for the job this summer, and we wouldn't put it past GM Rick Spielman to draft a MIKE 'backer next week.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Vikings signed ILB Jasper Brinkley to a one-year contract.

Brinkley was drafted by Vikes GM Rick Spielman in 2009. He spent last season in Arizona, flopping in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme. Brinkley gives Minnesota a potential stopgap solution at middle linebacker, though they'll surely look to upgrade in the draft. Brinkley is a limited, two-down run plugger.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 01:51:00 PM reports free agent ILB Jasper Brinkley visited the Vikings earlier this week.

Brinkley's Thursday meeting with the Bills was believed to be his first since he was cut loose by the Cardinals, but that's not the case. The fact that Brinkley left Minnesota without a deal, however, is a sign a reunion isn't imminent. Brinkley is not a three-down 'backer, and is best utilized against the run.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 01:56:00 PM

Free agent ILB Jasper Brinkley is visiting the Bills Thursday.

One day after kicking the tires on Jameel McClain, the Bills are taking a look at a similarly low-upside linebacker. Brinkley, who barely played for Arizona following Daryl Washington's return from suspension last season, is a two-down run stuffer at best. He wouldn't be an upgrade on free agent Arthur Moats.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Cardinals released ILB Jasper Brinkley.

The move clears $2 million in salary cap room, which Arizona may commit to re-signing free agent ILB Karlos Dansby. Brinkley made little to no impact during one season in the desert, falling out of the defensive rotation when Daryl Washington returned from suspension. Brinkley is a limited, two-down run stuffer. 28 years old, he figures to receive minimum offers in free agency.
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 04:22:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Jasper Brinkley was forced from Sunday's game against the Bucs with a left groin injury, and will not return.

It's yet another blow for the Cardinals' injury-ravaged linebacker corps. For now, Brinkley should be considered week to week.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 03:45:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Jasper Brinkley opened up OTAs as a starter next to Karlos Dansby.

Brinkley gets the initial nod over second-rounder Kevin Minter, but that could merely be based on seniority. Before long, we fully expect Minter to win the job and start all four games while Daryl Washington is suspended. Washington worked with the second team Tuesday.
Wed, May 15, 2013 11:37:00 AM

Cardinals agreed to terms with ILB Jasper Brinkley, formerly of the Vikings, on a two-year contract.

Brinkley was in town visiting Wednesday night through Thursday after leaving the Giants without a deal. Arizona just inked another inside 'backer in Lorenzo Alexander on Wednesday, so he and Brinkley will likely compete for the starting spot next to Daryl Washington. Our money is on Brinkley as a two-down thumper. We can now likely rule out free agent Rey Maualuga signing with the Cardinals.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 08:43:00 PM

Free agent ILB Jasper Brinkley's Giants visit has ended and he is now en route to Arizona to visit the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are pursuing an inside thumper to play adjacent to Daryl Washington. They need a guy capable of tying up lead blocks, and Brinkley can do that at 6-foot-1 and 252 pounds. Arizona also recently hosted Rey Maualuga.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 06:23:00 PM

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