Apart from the signings of quarterback Matt Cassel and wide receiver Greg Jennings, the Minnesota Vikings have stayed out of the headlines since the start of free agency. Their focus instead has remained on bringing back their own in-house free agents.
That hasn’t changed, as the Vikings re-signed safety and special teamer Andrew Sendejo on Thursday.
“Extremely blessed to re-sign with the Vikings for another season! #Skol #Vikes,” Sendejo announced via his personal Twitter account.
Sendejo was an exclusive-rights free agent heading into the offseason. The Vikings tabled an offer before the start of free agency, retaining negotiating rights in the process. Now, it appears that a deal has been signed and Sendejo will be back with the Vikings in 2013.
A former undrafted free agent out of Rice, the 25-year-old Sendejo played with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL before being signed to the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad midway through the 2010 season. Sendejo failed to make final cuts for the Cowboys the next year and was claimed off of waivers by the New York Jets in 2011.
After his release from the Jets, the Vikings signed Sendejo near the end of the 2011 campaign, providing safety depth and help on special teams. He stuck on the Minnesota roster in 2012, proving himself as a valuable asset in kick coverage despite occasional mental lapses and a nagging ankle injury.
Throughout his time with the Vikings, Sendejo has notched nine tackles in 16 appearances. Although he’s nothing more than an emergency safety at this point, he’s a hard-working special teamer who puts himself in the middle of plays with hustle and tenacity.
The Vikings and GM Rick Spielman have stressed continuity all offseason long. Hence, Sendejo returns to the Twin Cities as an intricate part of their kick coverage team.