Former Terp Erin Henderson signs with Jets


After being out of football in 2014, former Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson has found a new NFL home.

The younger Henderson signed with the New York Jets on Tuesday, according to Dom Cosentino of Henderson last appeared in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, but substance abuse and two DWI arrests forced the team to release the former Terrapin.

Henderson was a star at Aberdeen High School, where he played quarterback and linebacker. He also led the school to their first state championship. The Aberdeen product had a strong career in College Park as he tallied 247 tackles (118 solo), four forced fumbles, and three interceptions in two years.

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Upon going undrafted in 2008, Henderson appeared in 10 games during his rookie campaign. The former Terp finished with 15 tackles, and saw most of his playing time on special teams. From 2011-13, Henderson really found his groove at the NFL level. He won the starting job at weak-side linebacker in 2011, and totaled 169 tackles (69 solo) and 8.5 sacks over the next three years.

In a two-month period in 2014, Henderson was arrested three times, ultimately leading to his release from the Vikings.

Now, Henderson joins a Jets team that can definitely use some depth at the linebacker position behind the likes of Demario Davis and David Harris. The former Aberdeen star also will get a chance to play with former Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle, who is recovering from a torn ACL.