Erin Henderson Signs RFA Tender


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.

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