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Updated: March 13th, 2013 11:50am
Erin Henderson's deal with Vikings is worth $4M over two years

Erin Henderson's deal with Vikings is worth $4M over two years

by Tom Pelissero
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This time, Erin Henderson got a little more security from the Minnesota Vikings.

The two-year contract Henderson signed on Tuesday is worth $4 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus and a $500,000 roster bonus due on March 20, an NFL source said.

The deal also includes base salaries of $950,000 in 2013 and $1.95 million in 2014, with a $50,000 workout bonus and up to $250,000 in incentives available each year.

That should set Henderson's cap number at $1.75 million for this year and $2.25 million in 2014.

Last year, Henderson explored free agency for more than a week before settling for a one-year, $1.75 million deal that included per-game roster bonuses totaling $250,000.

Undrafted out of Maryland in 2008, Henderson signed with the Vikings for a $20,000 bonus and has appeared in 50 games over five seasons.

The 26-year-old became the starting weakside linebacker after the Vikings declined to re-sign Ben Leber in 2011 and has started 26 games over the past two seasons.

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In this story: Erin Henderson, Ben Leber