After eight years with the New Orleans Saints, wide receiver Devery Henderson has likely seen his last snap down in the Bayou.
An impending free agent heading into the 2013 offseason, it’s very unlikely that the Saints will re-sign the 31-year-old veteran pass-catcher. Throughout his eight NFL seasons, Henderson has proven himself as nothing more than an occasional deep threat who can stretch the field with his speed.
Considering his age and drop in production in 2012 (22 receptions, 316 yards, one touchdown), there’s little chance that Henderson will be back in New Orleans this upcoming season. With Lance Moore enjoying a breakout year in 2012 and youngsters Joseph Morgan, Nick Toon and Chris Givens ready to unleash their potential, Henderson appears to be expendable heading into 2013.
Unless Henderson is willing to stay with the Saints at a very cheap price, it’s likely that the team won’t want to keep him around. He never lived up to his potential as a consistent homerun threat and is already well past his prime. Even if he were to take a veteran minimum salary, I find it hard to believe he’d do enough for the Saints to warrant a 2013 roster spot.
Henderson’s best season came back in 2006, when he hauled in 32 passes for 745 yards (23.3 yards per catch) and five touchdowns. Throughout his career, he has racked up 245 receptions, 4,377 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has also totaled 119 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Many would consider those solid numbers for an NFL wide receiver, but the stats don’t match the talent level.
Henderson is a one-trick pony. Unless that’s what a team is looking for, don’t expect there to be much of a market for the aging receiver when free agency opens on March 12.