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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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