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Updated: March 16th, 2012 8:00pm
Erin Henderson vents on contract: 'I'm not even asking for big money'

Erin Henderson vents on contract: 'I'm not even asking for big money'

by Tom Pelissero
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Erin Henderson has heard enough from fans questioning why he hasn't re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

On Friday, Henderson fired back on Twitter.

"In a value and franchise value aren't always going to match," Henderson wrote on his Twitter page (@50ErinHenderson). "If someone can play 3 positions ... their value has to go up.

"I've watched every single 1 of my games from last (year) 10 (times) over. I know what I'm worth. Not to mention they (have not) even give me an offer. I don't come to (your) job and tell (you) what you (should and shouldn't) make. So how can (you) say what I'm worth?"

Henderson, 25, took over as the Vikings' starting weakside linebacker last season, his fourth in the NFL. He recorded 91 tackles (56 solo), eight tackles for loss, 1½ sacks and two forced fumbles in 15 games, playing 53.8% of the defensive snaps.

Two NFL sources told last week the Vikings had made clear they wanted to retain Henderson, and it was believed the sides had made progress on a bridge deal that would keep him with the team for another two years. General manager Rick Spielman said on Thursday he remains in touch with Henderson's agent but there is no standing offer on the table.

"Whats crazy is I'm not even asking for big money," Henderson wrote. "All I want is respectable money for what I'm asked to do.

"I have a son. (Why would) I want to put our future relationship in jeopardy for some money that ain't even close to being correct. I'd rather be broke and watch my son grow up than put my well being on the line for money that doesn't make sense."

The issue of the offer is largely semantics, since the sides have discussed Henderson's value at length. A stagnant market for linebackers likely is slowing down the process, with the likes of Atlanta's Curtis Lofton and Detroit's Stephen Tulloch unsigned as well.

Until the market establishes itself, it's unlikely the Vikings or Henderson's camp will budge on the numbers they've already discussed. But it's clear Henderson's frustration is mounting as the onetime undrafted free agent awaits his first significant payday.

"I got a taste of what it means to be a starting (linebacker)," Henderson wrote. "(T)rust me if the money aint right it doesn't make sense at all. ... No matter where we go from here remember I was the 10th backer on the roster my rookie (year) ... and yet here we are."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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