The Vikings have officially released linebacker Erin Henderson, the team announced today (Twitter link). Henderson had one year left on his contract, but only $250K of his salary was guaranteed, so Minnesota creates $2.1MM in cap savings with the move.
Henderson played a major role on the Vikings’ defense in 2013, starting 12 games and finishing second on the team in tackles with 112. He also recorded four sacks and a pair of interceptions. However, his off-field issues prompted the roster move for the Vikings — the 27-year-old was arrested twice since November on suspicion of DUI.
Since he has more than four years of NFL experience, Henderson won’t have to pass through waivers, and will get a head-start on March’s free agent period. As for the Vikings, they’ll have an extra $2MM+ to work with as they eye potential replacements for Henderson in free agency and/or the draft.