Report: Minnesota Vikings to allow Andrew Sendejo to hit free agency

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Andrew Sendejo
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Andrew Sendejo /

After starting 58 games, the Minnesota Vikings are is reportedly willing to move on from safety Andrew Sendejo and allow him to become a free agent.

The Minnesota Vikings have been known to have a tough defense. Their hard-hitting and physical style of football sets the tone for their team, intimidating other teams with threats of big plays and bigger hits.

One of the most physical players for the team over the last few seasons has been Andrew Sendejo. The safety has been known to lay some pretty big hits on ball carriers over the course of his eight years with the Vikings.

However, it appears as though Sendejo’s time with the Vikings is coming to an end.

According to a report on Twitter from NFL Network and insider Ian Rapoport, the Minnesota Vikings will not be picking up the 2019 option on Sendejo’s contract and he will become a free agent.

Rapoport is right that the depth in the free agent safety pool is massive. He will join Earl Thomas, Kareem Jackson, Tyrann Mathieu, LaMarcus Joyner, and others in looking for a new team to play for during the 2019 NFL season.

Meanwhile, Minnesota is likely hoping to come to terms on a deal with restricted free agent Anthony Harris to take over starting duties at safety next to Harrison Smith since he would likely be a cheaper option since Sendejo was set to have a salary cap hit of $5.5 million if the team would have picked up his option.

Sendejo played with the Vikings from 2011 to 2018 where he racked up 356 combined tackles (244 solo) with six being for a loss and one sack. He added six interceptions, one forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries in his 93 games with Minnesota.

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The Viking Age would like to wish Andrew Sendejo well in whatever the future brings him and thank him for his time with the Minnesota Vikings.