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Erin Henderson | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/1/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 244
College: Maryland
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NFL suspended free agent LB Erin Henderson four games.
The ex-Viking has been popped for drunk driving twice in the past year. He claims he's sobered up. Cut by the Vikings in February, Henderson hasn't generated a lick of interest on the open market. Now 28, Henderson started 12 games last season. Sep 4 - 5:29 PM

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Free agent LB Erin Henderson spent a month in rehab earlier this offseason.

Henderson was released by the Vikings after getting arrested for DUI twice in six weeks. He believes he turned a corner in rehab. "When I look back on it, I realize that's not living," Henderson said of his alcohol addiction. "That's not life. ... Life is not meant to just be coasted through." Although Henderson is far from out of the woods off the field, he should get another chance on it. Capable of playing both the middle and outside, Henderson turns 28 in July.
Source: USA Today
Apr 8 - 8:14 PM

Vikings released LB Erin Henderson.

Henderson didn't have a bad 2013 season on the field, seeing action at both middle and strong-side linebacker, but has been arrested for DUI twice since November, and cutting him saves Minnesota $2.1 million in salary cap space. Look for Henderson to draw interest in free agency, perhaps from Tampa Bay. He's a scheme fit for Lovie Smith's defense and has lots of history with new Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Henderson turns 28 in July.
Feb 7 - 3:23 PM

Vikings MLB/WLB Erin Henderson was arrested on suspicion of DUI Wednesday.

It's Henderson's second arrest on DUI charges in the last two months. The first one got him benched to start a game, and former Vikings beat writer Tom Pelissero says the team is likely to release him this time. Henderson was a full-time player in the middle and on the weak side this season, compiling 112 tackles and four sacks in 14 games. He wasn't a sure bet to return in 2014 anyway as his $1.95 million contract only contained $250K guaranteed. The Vikes can dump Henderson after the Super Bowl.
Jan 2 - 11:59 AM

Coach Leslie Frazier admitted Wednesday he never wanted Erin Henderson to be the Vikings' starting middle linebacker.

Henderson only got the job because the Vikings missed out on an early-round Mike 'backer in the draft, and Desmond Bishop flopped. "He was moved to the Mike linebacker position, not necessarily because that’s what we wanted to do," Frazier said of Henderson. "That was the plight that we were in." Henderson has now been "demoted" to the weak side, with Audie Cole taking over in the middle.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 08:21:00 PM

Coach Leslie Frazier said MLB Erin Henderson will likely not start Sunday's game against the Bears.

It's punishment for Henderson's Nov. 19 arrest on DWI charges. The Vikings are trying to take a hard-line approach with off-field incidents as they've had a rash of them (A.J. Jefferson, Jerome Simpson) of late. Henderson may still play, but it's a dicey situation for IDP owners.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:50:00 PM

Vikings MLB Erin Henderson was reportedly arrested on suspicion of DWI on Nov. 19.

Henderson was inactive in Week 12 for "personal" reasons. Per the Pioneer Press, he's suing the state to retain his driver's license because he says there was no probable cause for the traffic stop. Henderson blew a 0.11 BAC. His status for Sunday's game against the Bears is unclear. Henderson is currently second on the team in tackles with 93 and he's also picked up three sacks.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 10:21:00 AM

Vikings MLB Erin Henderson (personal) has been ruled out for Week 12.

The Vikings will start Audie Cole against Eddie Lacy's running game.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 02:14:00 PM

Vikings MLB Erin Henderson could miss Sunday's game against the Packers as he tends to a personal issue.

Audie Cole will start if Henderson can't go. It's neutral news for Packers RB Eddie Lacy, as Henderson has graded out as one of the worst interior linebackers in the league in Pro Football Focus' ratings.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 04:37:00 PM

Coach Leslie Frazier praised Erin Henderson's practice play at middle linebacker on Friday, and now says a position switch to the outside is "unlikely."

Grab Henderson quickly in IDP leagues if you have open training-camp waivers. Frazier said Henderson is "thriving" at Mike 'backer, and "maturing as a defensive leader" while Desmond Bishop has "worked well" at outside linebacker. In all likelihood, Henderson will open the season inside, bookended by SLB Chad Greenway and WLB Bishop. It does remain to be seen whether Henderson will stay on the field for nickel downs, but that's probably a good bet.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 02:17:00 PM

The Vikings will move Erin Henderson back to weak-side linebacker following the Desmond Bishop signing.

The Vikings are claiming Henderson and Bishop will "compete," but they didn't sign Bishop to man a position he's never played before (weak side). He'll be the Mike 'backer, and Henderson will start at Will and leave the field in sub-packages. Henderson's IDP value was once looking up, but no longer. Look for him to hover around the pedestrian 80 tackles he posted last year.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 05:51:00 PM

Vikings LB Erin Henderson is taking all the first-team reps at middle linebacker.

Coach Leslie Frazier had declared an open three-man competition at middle linebacker among Henderson, Audie Cole and Michael Mauti. However, it appears it's Henderson's job to lose. Henderson has played weak-side linebacker and special teams throughout his five-year career.
Wed, May 29, 2013 02:24:00 PM

Erin Henderson has bulked up to 248 pounds in anticipation of his move to middle linebacker.

Henderson has been a special teamer and weak-side linebacker throughout his five-year career. He's now penciled in as the starter in the middle after Jasper Brinkley signed with the Cardinals. If Henderson sticks in the middle, look for fourth-round rookie Gerald Hodges to take a crack at the starting WILL job.
Wed, May 1, 2013 09:42:00 AM

GM Rick Spielman considers WLB Erin Henderson a possibility for the Vikings' opening at middle linebacker.

"That depends on what happens in the draft," Spielman said. "If we go outside, Erin can slide inside or if we go inside Erin can play outside. That's what is great about this linebacker thing. We have the flexibility to go either way." It's the second straight offseason Henderson has been bandied about as a potential MIKE 'backer, but like 2012, he should end up remaining on the weak-side. With the No. 23 and 25 picks, the Vikings are a strong candidate to come away with an inside linebacker on Thursday.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Vikings re-signed WLB Erin Henderson to a two-year contract.

Henderson recorded a career-high 80 tackles and three sacks in 14 games with the Vikings last season. He's also a fine run defender. Minnesota wanted to bring back at least one of Henderson or Jasper Brinkley. It might be wise to move on from Brinkley now and address the middle linebacker spot elsewhere.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 09:06:00 PM

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