Zimmer: Joint decision to cut Henderson

February, 22, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings' decision to cut linebacker Erin Henderson earlier this month was made by both coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman, Zimmer said on Friday at the NFL scouting combine. Zimmer "didn't know him as well, football-wise, as I probably would've if I had been able to coach him," he said, but he and Spielman agreed on the move.

"I think all these decisions were made together," Zimmer said. He added he did not talk to Henderson before the Vikings released him.

Henderson, who was released on Feb. 7, was arrested in both November and January for drunken driving. It seemed likely the Vikings would part ways with him, especially after Audie Cole emerged as a middle linebacker possibility late in the season. The Vikings could also take a look at second-year linebacker Michael Mauti, who is now a year removed from ACL surgery and seemed like a strong candidate to play the middle if he could stay healthy. And linebacker figures to be a position of interest for the Vikings at the draft; the team will watch linebackers work out on Monday.

Ben Goessling

ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter

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