The Buffalo Bills appear to be in the market for a middle linebacker.
One day after hosting free agent Jameel McClain at One Bills Drive (his next visit is with the New York Giants), the team announced that another free agent linebacker, Jasper Brinkley, is visiting with the team in Orchard Park today.
Brinkley, who will turn 29 in July, was released by the Arizona Cardinals on February 28 in a cost-cutting move. He played a reserve role in Arizona in 2013, after signing there as a free agent following four years spent with the Minnesota Vikings.
Bills linebackers coach Fred Pagac, who came to the team from a linebackers coach with the Vikings, will obviously be very familiar with what Brinkley brings to the table. Brinkley was a full-time starter for the Vikings in 2012, accumulating 98 tackles and three forced fumbles that season.
Both Brinkley and McClain would serve the same purpose in the Jim Schwartz 4-3 defense: they'd be run-down middle linebackers, allowing Kiko Alonso to slide to the weak side on those downs.