Free Agency

Vikings Re-Sign Erin Henderon and Devin Aromashodu

(Sorry we didn’t provide any update on this news yesterday – Adam is a under the weather and I was gone all day on a business trip.)

I assume most of you know now that yesterday, the Vikings re-signed linebacker Erin Henderson and wide receiver Devin Aromashodu.

Erin Henderson, who had taken to Twitter to express his frustration with the lack of contract talks with the Minnesota Vikings, was signed to a one-year, 2 million dollar deal. Henderson, considered to be of a top 5 linebacker in this year’s free agency by some, did not play every down last year and still managed to record 70 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He is young, coming out of his first contract and has lots of potential to be great (exactly what Spielman says he is looking for).

Erin Henderson only being signed for one year is good in some ways and bad in others. Although we happened to obtain Henderson’s services on the cheap for another year, if he does have a breakout season, we will most definitely have to pay him a greater amount when he becomes a free agent again next year. But, if he is good, he deserves good money – so it allows the Vikings to really gauge the somewhat unproven but promising linebacker. It should serve as a great incentive for Henderson to go out there and really push to make a difference. Essentially, Henderson has been tasked with proving that he’s worth the amount he expects.

Devin Aromashodu’s re-signing is really no surprise considering the Vikings haven’t made any signings to address the need at wide receiver [so far] this offseason. Aromashodu only had three games last season where he had over two receptions, but as Jeremy Fowler reports, the 27 year-old’s real value comes from the fact that he averaged 18.1 yards a reception.

Aromashodu, like Erin Henderson, was also signed to a one-year deal. I imagine both players will get increased playing time this year to prove if they have more value to the team before they become free agents again. Currently, Aromashodu would probably be the third receiver on the depth chart behind Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins. It is probable he will be 4th after the draft considering the likelihood of the Vikings selecting a wide receiver somewhere in the first three rounds this year.

It’s great that we managed to lock-in two young players with the potential to improve at their positions. Unfortunately, the decision to only sign one-year contracts could really come back to bite us if both players manage to have the good year we hope they have.

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Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson (Founder) is a passionate Viking fan hailing from Sin City, Las Vegas. He can remember, as a child, scraping his knee on the playground and his friends being completely shocked by the purple blood trickling from the wound. When Brett isn't scouring the Internet for some semblance of Vikings news, he enjoys blindly putting money on them to beat whoever their opponent may be, and daydreams about being their next Tight End. Brett graduated from UNLV with a degree in Architecture and specializes in web/graphic design; he hopes to provide this site’s visitors with the best Vikings experience on the net.

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    1. Ya Malte kind of strange indeed.

      Hey Brett what’s wrong with Adam? Hope it’s not serious.

      1. Strange good or strange bad, guys? We’re always looking for ways to improve the site. We thought putting the content on the left and the sidebar on the right (with the ads, links, etc…) would be more user-friendly and preferred. Let us know what you think. Thanks for the feedback!

        Johnny, Adam’s okay. He’s just sick – nothing serious I don’t think. Seems like everyone has been catching the bug lately. I’m finally over it myself, save for a mild cough.

        1. I’ll say strange good Brett. Just takes a little to get used to it, but I like it already.

        2. I like it better in the right side, but honestly I just think that untill i get used to it..
          – For me it doesn’t make much of a difference, but i was just used to it being in the right side :p

      2. Thanks Johnny. Nothing serious. The whole family was/is just horribly sick with some sort of bug. Hopefully on the back end of that now… sorry for the lack of updates. Every time I looked at the computer screen yesterday my world started spinnin’.

        Yeah, feedback welcome on the change to the VT layout.

  1. Yeah it is a little different,
    Still the Best site for Vikings news.
    Hopefully you and family have that out of the way for a long time!