5 Minnesota Vikings who won’t be with the team in 2019

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Everson Griffen
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(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Andrew Sendejo
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Andrew Sendejo has been a nice story during his time with the Vikings. He was undrafted in 2010 and spent some time with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL before getting picked up by the Dallas Cowboys.

Sendejo was eventually cut by the Cowboys and he then had a stint with the New York Jets before getting signed by Minnesota in 2011. He hung around on the Vikings’ practice squad and over time he got called up to the active roster where he was able to carve out a niche on special teams.

Sendejo eventually became a starter for Minnesota’s defense and he has had some nice years in purple.

For his career, he has 371 tackles, one sack, and six interceptions. When looking further at Sendejo’s stats, his best season was in 2017 when he had 80 tackles and two interceptions. Those numbers are actually pretty average for an NFL safety.

Another thing he has become known for his knack for making big, illegal hits that end up costing him money and costing the Vikings’ defense unnecessary penalty yardage.

Sendejo got hurt a season ago and was replaced by Anthony Harris. Harris went on to have a great year in 2018 as he racked up 46 tackles and three picks in just nine starts.

Harris is a free-agent this offseason and Minnesota would clearly like to have him back. To do that though, they would likely need to cut Sendejo and his $5.5 million cap hit this year.

A move like this makes sense as Sendejo is now 31-years-old, coming off a season-ending injury, and Harris is a younger and arguably better option.