The Jets have opened contract negotiations with LB Erin Henderson, according to Dom Cosentino of the Star-Ledger (Jan. 28).
Henderson is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in March, but Cosentino cites a source who says the two sides should be able to come to terms before then.
Henderson, 29, played all 16 games for the Jets this past season after missing the entire 2014 season due to two drunken driving arrests.
Besides this being good news for Henderson, this might signal bad news for Demario Davis's future with the team, as I wrote about last week. Expect the Jets to try and inject youth into the ILB group through the draft, but a player like Henderson is a perfect bridge solution.
Beyond Henderson grading out better than Davis according to ProFootball Focus, Henderson also saw a large increase in snaps while Davis' tailed off drastically in December. Add in that Henderson would likely come on a team-friendlier deal than Davis and Henderson's succession of Davis might already be a done deal.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter An interesting point regarding Henderson. which I discussed with Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com, is that since Henderson was a minimum salaried vested veteran in 2015, the only contract the Jets can sign him to right now is another one-year, minimum salary deal.
If the Jets want to sign him to a longer deal or pay him more than the minimum, they will have to wait until the first day of the 2016 league year in March.