The New York Jets are reportedly working to re-sign linebacker Erin Henderson before he can hit the market as an unrestricted free agent in March.
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Jets Trying To Sign Henderson Before Free Agency
Thursday, Jan. 28
Dom Cosentino of NJ Advance Media reported Thursday that the sides met Wednesday night to begin talks regarding a new contract for the 29-year-old veteran after he appeared in all 16 games for the Jets in 2015.
Henderson enjoyed a solid bounce-back campaign in New York. He racked up 45 combined tackles and two forced fumbles as a versatile piece of the team's linebacker group.
Henderson had missed the entire 2014 season after two arrests on DUI and drug charges, which brought an end to his time with the Minnesota Vikings.
He explained to Tom Pelissero of USA Today back in 2014 that his alcohol and marijuana use had started to have a major impact on his ability to perform.
"There would be times where I would come to practice hung over," Henderson said. "Never just fresh off of drinking coming into practice. But I might have had a rough night the night before, and I'd be in front of the huddle calling plays. And everybody would know that I had been out drinking the night before."
The 29-year-old Maryland native made the necessary strides off the field in order to get a second chance in the NFL from the Jets. He was forced to earn his stripes by doing most of his early work on special teams before starting to rotate in on defense.
Apparently New York's front office saw enough to warrant keeping him on the roster for 2016 and potentially beyond.
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Henderson is capable of making a much bigger impact on defense. He registered 112 combined tackles and four sacks during his final season in Minnesota. Now that he's started to prove himself again, there's a good chance he'll step into the starting lineup if he does re-sign in New York.
If the sides aren't able to reach an agreement, Henderson should generate a fair amount of interest on the free-agent market. It would also increase the importance for the Jets to either re-sign Demario Davis or fill the void another way during the offseason.