Veteran LB E.J. Henderson drawing interest

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Convinced that E.J. Henderson has dropped his financial expectations now that camps are ready to open, a few teams are taking a late look at the veteran Minnesota middle linebacker, one of the higher profile defenders still left in the unrestricted free agent market.

An eight-year veteran, Henderson, who will turn 32 next month, banked nearly $7 million from the Vikings in 2011, and he apparently realizes now he's not going to get anything close to that.

There are concerns about Henderson's age, his durability, and the fact he's a liability in coverage and pretty much limited to being a two-down run-stuffer.

But at the right price, Henderson, who has bounced back from a toe injury in 2008 and a broken leg in '09, and started 30 games over the past two seasons, might not be a bad insurance policy at middle ‘backer, a few personnel guys conceded this week.

The Vikings, who are expected to turn the starting job over to three-year veteran Jasper Brinkley, never made a move in the offseason to re-sign Henderson, and that spooked off a few clubs.

The feeling was that, if the team that knew Henderson best didn't want him back, why should anyone else? Yet if Henderson checks out physically, there could be some teams that might be interested, now that his financial situation is more realistic.

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