Vikings, Erin Henderson agree to two-year deal


Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Erin Henderson (50) warms up against the Houston Texans before the game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings are continuing their trend of re-signing their own players.

Linebacker Erin Henderson agreed in principle on a two-year contract with Minnesota, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN and Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Henderson will receive a two-year $4 million deal that includes a $500,000 signing bonus and $500,000 roster bonus in 2013.

Henderson finally gets the multi-year contract that he’s been wanting. He grudgingly accepted a one-year “prove-it” deal last season, with an expectation the Vikings would reward him with continued success as a starter.

Henderson, 26, recorded a career-high 80 tackles and three sacks in 14 games with the Vikings last season.

It’ll be interesting to see if Minnesota will re-sign linebacker Jasper Brinkley. Depending on who the Viking pursue in free agency and through the draft, the team may consider shifting Henderson over to middle linebacker.