Even the most casual Minnesota Vikings fans saw this one coming — Erin Henderson has been released. No, it’s not because of poor play on the gridiron, it’s because of poor decision making off the gridiron. The six-year veteran was arrested twice last fall, both times for allegedly driving drunk. One DUI arrest is bad enough. Two DUI arrests, almost guaranteed Henderson’s release from the team.
The main reason the Vikings had a little choice but to release Henderson is because he’ll likely be suspended for 4-6 games in the near future. The NFL usually waits and lets the legal process take its course, but eventually if he’s convicted, Henderson is going to get banned. The Vikings don’t want to be around when that happens. They were best served to just cut ties now and move on.
You don’t have to look too far to see how an NFL suspension (like the one Henderson will get) affects a team. The Vikings had to suffer through the first three games of the 2013 season without Jerome Felton because of a DUI arrest. There’s no doubt that his absence really hurt the team. When you have a back like Adrian Peterson it’s easier to mask the absence of a fullback like Felton, but if the Vikings lost Henderson to start the season or during middle of the season, they’d be in trouble. Again, that’s why they made the right call to cut him now.
So what should fans take out of LB’s release? That it’s just the first of many changes to come in Minneapolis. The Vikings are about to redo their QB situation as well as make several moves on the defensive side of the ball. Henderson just so happened to be the first domino to fall in 2014.