Vikings Hoping to Keep OLB Henderson Off the FA Market

The Vikings are hoping to keep outside linebacker Erin Henderson off the free agent market, Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reports.

Pelissero adds that a short-term, “bridge” deal is a possibility, but no deal is imminent.

Undrafted out of Maryland in 2008, Henderson recorded 26 tackles in 21 games over his first three seasons of his career before starting 11 of 15 games in 2011 and recording 70 tackles, 1.5 sacks and defending two passes with a pair of forced fumbles.

Henderson earned $1.2 million in base salary on a restricted free agent tender in 2011 and, barring an extension, will become an unrestricted free agent on March 13.

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6 Responses to “Vikings Hoping to Keep OLB Henderson Off the FA Market”

  1. Vikadan11 says:

    If they can work out a fair deal for both sides great ~ But I hope they dont over pay him ~ He was a good LBer for a first year starter but he wasn’t great or worth big money IMHO ~ As always I have been known to be wrong ~

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  3. Van Brocklin says:

    EJ didn’t set the world on fire until his 3rd and 4th year. Hopefully if Erin can be a similar beast like EJ, he’s worth it. I’d like to see the USC DE Griffith at outside LB for those “splash” plays that really isn’t Greenways strength. Maybe Erin H can play the middle.

    • Skol12 says:

      Griffin is not a 4-3 LBer. He is a DE or 3-4 Rush LB at best(listed at close to 280lbs). He could battle Robison for playing time and Robison would be more suited to switching to LBer at 6’3″ 260.

      • Randy Perrin says:

        Griffen is an athletic freak. It’s not always about size, Griffen runs in the 4.5 40 range at 280 lbs and while his ideal position is DE, he got some playing time last year at OLB. Robison doesn’t have the quickness/speed to be an OLB in a 4-3 scheme. Griffen/Robison could end up being one of the best training camp battles this year though.

        • Skol12 says:

          Not denying griffins athletic ability but I looked up their combine numbers…

          40: Griffin 4.66 Robison 4.67
          10 yard split: Griffin 1.63 Robison 1.49
          20 yard split: Griffin 2.67 Robison 2.66
          Bench: Griffin 32 Robison 28
          Vertical Griffin 34(pro day) Robison 40.5
          Broad Jump: Griffin 9’7″ Robison 10’1″
          3 Cone Drill Griffin 7.25 Robison 6.89

          I know numbers are just that, numbers(unless your Al Davis) but Robison is quicker and faster than griffin. Grant it, griffin is bigger and stronger which would more prove that he should be the DE of the 2(again, opinion). I like both players, too bad we cant run 3 DE’s.

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