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Updated: May 15th, 2013 9:06am
Leslie Frazier shoots down report of Vikings pursuing Brian Urlacher

Leslie Frazier shoots down report of Vikings pursuing Brian Urlacher

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A Chicago gossip columnist says free agent linebacker Brian Urlacher is leaning towards signing with the Minnesota Vikings.

According to coach Leslie Frazier, the Vikings aren't interested in the longtime Chicago Bear.

"Brian has been a great player in our league for a long, long time," Frazier said in an interview with NFL Network on Wednesday morning.

"He was a thorn in our side for many years. At this point we want to look at the guys on our roster, give them a chance to compete for the middle linebacker position then we'll see where it takes us."

On Monday, Chicago Sun-Times gossip columnist Michael Sneed cited a source close to Urlacher while reporting "Brian is leaning toward heading to Minnesota and is talking a one- to two-year contract."

Urlacher, who turns 35 later this month, reportedly rejected a $1.6 million offer to remain with the Bears, where he has played his entire career since entering the league in 2000.

At this point, it appears the Vikings will move forward with Erin Henderson at middle linebacker and other in-house options to compete behind Henderson and for the other outside linebacker spot.

In this story: Leslie Frazier, Erin Henderson