Heath Farwell woke up Friday morning not sure if he would return to the Vikings. But he got a positive phone call from Coach Brad Childress and negotiations started to heat up. In the end, Farwell signed a three-year, $7.75 million contract that calls for $3.25 million in guarantees.
Farwell visited the Patriots and Browns and drew interest from several more teams. In all, he had four contract offers, but he decided to remain with the Vikings.
“I love it here,” he said. “I’m excited that things worked out the way they did. Minnesota brought me into the league and this is where I wanted to stay.”
Farwell, who was an unrestricted free agent, expressed his desire to find a situation where he could compete for a starting linebacker job. He knows that’s not likely to happen here, but he wants to be the fourth linebacker who can play all three positions.
“I got a call from Coach [Leslie] Frazier today and he told me how important I am to the defense,” Farwell said. “I’m just going to play football. We have three great linebackers and I’m going to do whatever it takes to help us win. Whether that’s special teams or hopefully getting some time at linebacker.”
Farwell said his knee is 100 percent now and he is ready for the offseason program.