Report: Vikings have shown interest in Saints DE Trey Hendrickson

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In Danielle Hunter’s absence, Minnesota’s pass rush was horrendous in 2020.

Now, it seems like the Vikings have interest in fixing some of the unit’s problems in free agency. According to Josina Anderson, Minnesota is among the teams interested in Saints DE Trey Hendrickson, who is a free agent this offseason.

Hendrickson broke out in 2020. He had 13.5 sacks and 33 pressures in 2020. He finished with a PFF grade of 72.1 and had a pass rush grade of 78. However, he had 4.5 sacks and 17 pressures in 2019.

Hendrickson has a small sample size of success, but if his 2020 is an indication of more to come, he would be a big get for the Vikings. DE Ifeadi Odenigbo was the only Minnesota player with more than 25 pressures in 2020, per PFF. Yannick Ngakoue, who was traded before the deadline, led the team in sacks with five.

So this is a unit that needs more than just Hunter returning to be good. Hendrickson might be worth the risk.