Erin Henderson hit the free agent trail this offseason hoping for a shot at a comeback. And it looks like the effort has paid off for the former Vikings LB.
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Per Dom Cosentino, the New York Jets have agreed to terms with Henderson on a one-year contract.
The 28-year-old Henderson last played in the NFL in 2013 with the Vikings. He was benched for a couple games that year after being arrested for DUI during an in-season incident, and was ultimately cut after a second DUI arrest.
Henderson sat out the entire 2014 season after failing to catch on with a team. In interviews, Henderson talked about straightening his life out and hoping to get another shot.
Henderson put his words into action this offseason by holding a private workout for teams in Arizona the same day as the veteran combine. That workout scored him multiple free agent visits including ones with the 49ers and Jets.
Henderson’s best years in the NFL came in 2011 and 2012 as the starting Will linebacker for the Vikings and Leslie Frazier. His production dipped in 2013 after being shifted to the Mike spot.
It remains to be seen how Henderson will fit in with the Jets’ plans, but if he’s anywhere near the player he was before alcohol problems short-circuited his career, then he should be able to claim at least a backup job in New York.
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