FRIDAY, 5:24pm: Henderson’s one-year deal with the Jets is worth $745,000 and includes no up-front money, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com (via Twitter).
WEDNESDAY, 11:44am: The Jets have officially signed Henderson, the team announced today in a press release.
TUESDAY, 1:43pm: Former Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson will get an opportunity to resume his NFL career with the Jets this year, according to Dom Cosentino of NJ.com, who reports that the two sides have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.
Henderson, 28, is a talented player, having racked up 112 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions for the Vikings in just 14 games in 2013. However, he has been arrested multiple times for DUI-related incidents, and has been suspended by the league for his off-field behavior. The Maryland product didn’t play in the NFL in 2014 following his latest round of legal issues.
According to Cosentino, after doing their due diligence on Henderson, the Jets are satisfied that he has turned his life around. The team met with the linebacker multiple times, working him out in Arizona last month and hosting him for a free agent visit last week. The one-year contract the Jets offered to Henderson likely won’t cost much, meaning it shouldn’t be hard for the team to cut ties if the six-year veteran runs into more trouble.
Before he reached a deal to join the Jets, Henderson reportedly received interest from the 49ers as well.