EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Returning to the Minnesota Vikings for his fifth NFL season, linebacker Erin Henderson has learned all about the harsh realities of life in the NFL.
Henderson's been dealing with them since he went undrafted in 2008. He had to work himself into a roster spot and then keep himself there with continued improvement. This offseason, he discovered the business side of the game.
Minnesota's starting weakside linebacker entered free agency, hoping to cash in on his breakthrough 2011 season. Henderson, 25, was a starter for the first time last season and was hoping to get paid like one this offseason. He quickly found out being rewarded isn't always so simple, as the market for linebackers was slow to develop.
"It was stressful," Henderson said last week at the Vikings organized team activities. "It was a learning process too. I learned a lot from it. I learned a lot about myself and what I'm able to endure and go through. You learn a l...