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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is leaning toward signing with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

ProFootballTalk.com quoted gossip columnist Michael Sneed for the report. They indicated that they had also heard that there was some contact between Urlacher and the Vikings. ProFootballTalk.com's report said "seeing Urlacher in purple wouldn't be a huge surprise."

The Chicago Sun-Times report said that Urlacher also had interest from the DenverBroncos.

Urlacher is 34-years-old. He's expected to sign somewhere before the start of training camp.

The Vikings did not attempt to resign Jasper Brinkley this offseason. Brinkley signed with the Cardinals.

The Vikings have indicated that there will bea competition at middle linebacker between Erin Henderson, Audie Cole and rookie Michael Mauti.