NFL free agency rumors: Gerald Hodges interested in Vikings reunion

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Glenn Dorsey /

The Minnesota Vikings might be the preferred destination for free agent linebacker Gerald Hodges, who visited the Chiefs earlier this offseason.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ first official free agent visit this offseason was with inside linebacker Gerald Hodges, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers. The visit signaled that moves at the position were likely coming in free agency or the upcoming draft, yet Hodges’ time in Kansas City came and went without a contract offer.

Now Hodges might be heading to the Minnesota Vikings, if he has his way. The linebacker got his start with the Vikings before the team traded him to San Fran, and his route might come full circle if the rumors are true.

Hodges had 12 starts last season in his breakout year for the Niners. He posted a strong showing in run support while also displaying some pass coverage skills with 2 interceptions. Hodges also had 3 sacks for the 49ers.

Perhaps Hodges was wanting more money than what the Chiefs could offer given their salary cap situation, but John Dorsey, the team’s general manager, was able to clear the $8 million necessary to land defensive tackle Bennie Logan just days after Hodges’ visit. Maybe the Chiefs are just keeping their options open. Then again, maybe Hodges is doing the same.

Either way, expect the Chiefs to add someone else to the mix with D.J. Alexander and Ramik Wilson next to Derrick Johnson for the competition at inside linebacker. Josh Mauga, who is also a free agent, could return to the fold as well. Whether veteran or rookie, the Chiefs will certainly make some further moves at LB in the months to come.