NFL Free Agency: Erin Henderson Will Return To Minnesota Vikings

The Erin Henderson saga took awhile to sort itself out, but the Minnesota Vikings have finally signed him following a weeks of NFL free agency.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Minnesota Re-Signs LB Erin Henderson

The Minnesota Vikings re-signed linebacker Erin Henderson to a one-year deal, according to Chris Miller of The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Our own Sid Hartman called minutes ago to report the transaction. The contract is worth $2 million. Henderson started last season alongside his brother, middle linebacker E.J. Henderson, and Chad Greenway.

Henderson, 25, has played all four of his NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. In his first season as a starter last year, Henderson recorded 70 tackles, 1.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. He started 11 games and played in 15 games last season.

In his four years with the Vikings, Henderson has 96 tackles, three forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks. He is 6-foot-3, 244 pounds and played his college ball at Maryland.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. For more on the NFL Free Agency period in general, check out the SB Nation NFL Free Agency stream.

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Minnesota Vikings' Erin Henderson Is Unhappy ... And So Am I

The Minnesota Vikings appear to be in danger of losing one of their best young players to NFL free agency in linebacker Erin Henderson. Nobody is quite sure of the reason why, either.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: LB Erin Henderson Vents About Lack Of Contract

The Minnesota Vikings are currently figuring out how to approach the free agent market and weigh the available players against the players they want to bring back from the 2011 season. That's not including the moves they'll be looking to make in the 2012 NFL Draft. One of the players they have not yet locked up for next season is starting weakside linebacker Erin Henderson.

Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports that Henderson took to Twitter on Friday to vent about his current status with the Vikes.

"In a nutshell...market value and franchise value aren't always going to match," Henderson wrote. "If someone can play 3 positions ... their value has to go up.

"I've watched every single 1 of my games from last (year) 10 (times) over. I know what I'm worth. Not to mention they (have not) even give me an offer. I don't come to (your) job and tell (you) what you (should and shouldn't) make. So how can (you) say what I'm worth?"

It remains to be seen whether the two sides will be able to come to an agreement, or if Henderson will be wearing different colors when the 2012 season kicks off.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Minnesota Wants To Keep Erin Henderson Around, But No Deal Is Imminent

Free Agency for the NFL opens on March 13, and the Minnesota Vikings might need to let weak side linebacker Erin Henderson stick his toe in to see what he can get before he signs a new deal with the Vikings.

Henderson was picked up as an undrafted free agent back in 2008 by the Vikings, getting his first year of solid playing time in 2011 when he recorded 91 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and one and a half sacks on a mostly weak Vikings defense. He made only $1.2 million on a restricted tender last season and will be looking to get paid significantly more for the production that he provided.

ESPN Twin Cities reported Tuesday that the Vikings had made it clear that re-signing Henderson was very important to their offseason plans, but no deal had yet materialized as of Tuesday evening. The two sides have been working on a deal to keep Henderson in Minnesota for at least two or three more years.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. For more on the NFL in general, go to the SB Nation NFL hub or the dedicated NFL Free Agency hub.

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