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Vikings, Sendejo Agree to a Four-Year Contract

It is being reported that the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a new four-year, $16 million contract with strong safety Andrew Sendejo. The new deal now prevents Sendejo from hitting the open market as a free agent and signing with another team.

The fact that the Vikings have re-signed Sendejo does not come as much of a surprise, but the amount of money the team is giving him may seem a bit puzzling. A source close to the team however, thinks that the six-year NFL veteran will have to perform very well during the next four years to be awarded the full value of his contract.

Until the full breakdown of the contract is released, it is difficult to determine how Sendejo’s new contract will affect what Minnesota does this offseason in terms of free agency and the draft. Are they no longer in the market to sign a new starting safety or do they shift their focus to the draft and select someone to groom behind Sendejo for the next year or two?

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer had recently said that Minnesota free safety Harrison Smith could be even better with a more capable safety next to him. Since Sendejo was the player lined up next to Smith on defense in 2015, Zimmer and the Vikings may still be in the hunt for a new player to replace Sendejo in the starting lineup for next season.

Minnesota obviously felt that Sendejo performed well enough in 2015 to garner a new contract and remain with the team. In his first true season as a full-time starter on the VIkings defense, he finished second on the team in total tackles with 72.

In terms of depth, re-signing Sendejo does seem like a good decision since he has also been a key contributor on Minnesota’s special teams during the last few seasons. However, giving him potential starter money to possibly play as the team’s backup safety in 2016 still leaves plenty of questions that will need to be answered.

At least he will be able to have a little more money to spend on next year’s Valentine’s Day.

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13 Comments

  1. I must have been sleeping…no, April 1st is still weeks away. The Vikings just spent 16 million dollars and didn’t get any better…just poorer.

    1. @Karl Someone disliked your post? Jesus Christ Sendejo, stop reading message boards and start learning how to wrap up when you tackle!

  2. I know a lot of people won’t like this move but it sounds like an incentive driven contract and he’s very good in run support. It wouldn’t be that bad if he started again next season at that price. But I also think most people exaggerate our need at safety

    1. I actually think Andrew is average and good depth. I suspect we plan to draft a safety and this gives us the flexibility in that we don’t have to start said rookie day 1 (unless he wins the job). Maybe this means they would rather dedicate free agency money to OL rather than Iloka, and if that is the case I 1000% agree. If we end up with Scwartz or better yet Osemele and draft a safety to groom / compete to start I actually like this resigning, especially so if the terms of the deal are incentive laden. While Andrew is not going to be an all pro I do think he is average, hard working, and good depth. Don’t hate this deal.

      1. Also, this could be about cap maneuvering in future years – the whole ‘incentives likely to be reached’ thing. I forget exactly the wording, but he’ll count against the cap up to a point and then won’t because he won’t reach the incentives. Brez has put those into a bunch of contracts, and it seems like a good way of creating a two way contract: if the player does great, they get paid. If the player is mediocre, team gets cap savings in future seasons. Kind of a win win.

        Also, makes me wonder if Zim sees more upside in Sendejo than we might think.

  3. wait for the details. could be a team friendly deal. zim wants a better safety, too. sendejo could be a back up S and mostly a STs player

    1. Cal is correct here folks. Until we see the structure and guaranteed money you can’t judge the deal. Could very easily be a one year $2 million contract when its all said and done. I’m hoping this won’t turn out to be Ricks new gold standard for bad deals so I’ll wait for the details.

  4. I like Sendejo but he will not help this team take the next step. He is a miserable open field tackler and he doesn’t have a ball hawking mentality. He has trouble reading routes and will be out of position and to make up for it, will run full force and throw himself at a player and miss the tackle (often hitting his own teammates). I love his fight and his attitude, we just need to take steps forward not laterally.

  5. This is a terrible signing, are you kidding me. Sendejo is bad at coverage and poor at tackling. He can hit hard, but misses frequently, hello!. Did the Vikings watch any of there games for the past three years. Gross!

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