Erin Henderson will be staying in the fold with the Vikings for one more year after signing his RFA tender. Henderson broke the news himself on Twitter: “Las night I signed a 1 yr deal wit the Vikes worth more than my entire rookie contract. Guess hard work does pay off…” Henderson’s rookie contract was for 3-years, $1.155 million, and his tender was for $1.2 million. So yes, that’s more than his entire rookie contract. Good math skills there Erin.
Henderson is expected to take over as a starter at outside linebacker after the inevitable departure of Ben Leber, who the Vikings would like to keep but probably won’t be able to afford. So far this off-season, the Vikings have jettisoned starting safety Madieu Williams and starting left end Ray Edwards, and may still not retain Pat Williams, meaning there will be a new starter at defensive tackle (likely Remi Ayodele). Add the loss of Leber to that mix and you’ve got four starters gone off a defense that wasn’t exactly top-of-the-line last year. Let’s hope those guys’ replacements do the job, or things could get ugly on the defensive side of the ball for the Vikings.