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Updated: March 23rd, 2012 2:53pm
Ten days after hitting market, Erin Henderson re-signs with Vikings

Ten days after hitting market, Erin Henderson re-signs with Vikings

by Tom Pelissero
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Erin Henderson will be back with the Minnesota Vikings after all.

His representatives at SportStars posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon that Henderson has re-signed with the Vikings.

An NFL source said it's a one-year, $2 million deal. That allows the Vikings to continue developing Henderson for another year before deciding if it's worth making a longer-term commitment.

Henderson, 25, hit the market on March 13 and was frustrated enough by last weekend he vented on Twitter that the Vikings hadn't made him a formal offer and he's "not even asking for big money."

The re-signing of Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch on Wednesday was the first significant move in what had been a stagnant linebacker marketplace and may have helped pave the way for Henderson's deal to get done.

The question now is who will play between Henderson and strongside linebacker Chad Greenway in the base defense. Henderson's older brother, 31-year-old middle linebacker E.J. Henderson, is unlikely to return and Jasper Brinkley is the leading in-house candidate to replace him.

Erin Henderson 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.

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