Posted by Chip Patterson
While the NFL lockout appears to be nearing the end of this extensive process, one legendary linebacker may already be considering a move into the coaching ranks. According to multiple reports, most notably from College Football Talk's John Taylor, "there's a very good chance" Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel will return to his alma mater and join Luke Fickell's staff at Ohio State.
As Josh Katzowitz from the Eye on Football pointed out, Fickell and Vrabel were roomates when they played for the Buckeyes. Vrabel technically is a free agent, and it is unknown what the market will be for the 35-year-old Pro Bowler with three Super Bowl rings. He started in all 16 games last season, and recently reminded media that he still has time left on the gridiron.
But when the lockout ends and free agency opens, it is possible that Vrabel will find his best fit back in Columbus. He has openly mentioned a plan to return to coaching eventually, and this kind of opportunity might be perfect for a passionate alum looking to aid a scarred program.