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Minnesota Vikings Work Out LB Rocky McIntosh, Sign DE Anthony Jacobs

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We interrupt whatever the hell it is that anyone is babbling about at this point in the stadium debate to bring you some actual football-related news. (Yeah, I'm a bit testy at this point. . .14 hours of political debate over two days will do that to a guy.)

It was reported on Tuesday that the Minnesota Vikings had former Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh in for a workout. McIntosh spent the first six years of his career with the Redskins after being drafted in the second round (35th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami (FL). He spent his first four seasons with the Redskins as an outside linebacker, and shifted to the inside in 2010 when the Redskins went from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme. He had a very good year in 2010, racking up 110 total tackles (73 solo) and two sacks. He struggled this last season, however, losing his starting job midway through the year.

I'm not sure if McIntosh represents a significant step up from Jasper Brinkley in the middle of the Vikings' defense (I assume they're looking at him as a middle linebacker, with Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson being pretty solid on the outsides), but he could provide decent depth, if nothing else.

The Vikings also signed former Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive end Anthony Jacobs. Jacobs was one of the handful of Gophers (along with DT Brandon Kirksey and WR Da'Jon McKnight) that was invited to the Vikings' rookie camp. Jacobs is a 6'2", 291-pound lineman that had 26 tackles, including six tackles for loss. He also had one sack and two forced fumbles.