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Updated: March 14th, 2013 7:54pm
Jasper Brinkley leaves Vikings for two-year deal with Cardinals

Jasper Brinkley leaves Vikings for two-year deal with Cardinals

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings didn't make Jasper Brinkley a priority in free agency. Now, he's headed elsewhere.

The middle linebacker agreed to terms on Thursday night with the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced. USA Today reported it's a two-year deal.

Brinkley, 27, became a starter in his fourth NFL season after sitting out 2011 to undergo hip surgery. He had three forced fumbles but struggled in coverage, and the Vikings decided they needed an upgrade at the mike.

He's the first Vikings free agent to sign elsewhere after they signed six of their own before or shortly after free agency opened. Still free agents are receiver Devin Aromashodu, linebacker Marvin Mitchell and offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz.

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