Farwell considered special teams leader

Updated: March 6, 2009, 3:55 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Minnesota Vikings fought off a slew of competitors and kept linebacker Heath Farwell.

Farwell, a top special teams player and key reserve, agreed to a three-year, $8 million deal with the Vikings, according to a source.

The 27-year-old linebacker was in prime demand by teams looking for linebacker help and a leader on special teams.

John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

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