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    Re: Vikings | Team likely to sign Henson

    [size=13pt]Vikings ink Drew Henson[/size]

    Last Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 | 10:45 PM ET
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    Quarterback Drew Henson signed Wednesday with the Minnesota Vikings and was assigned to the practice squad.

    Contract terms were not disclosed.

    Henson, 26, had sat idle since being released Aug. 26 by the Dallas Cowboys, but the Vikings began looking for a third-string pivot when rookie Tarvaris Jackson underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

    Jackson, who suffered the injury in a non-contact drill at practice, will miss at least one month.

    Brad Johnson and Brian Bollinger are Minnesota's top two quarterbacks.

    Henson is a former New York Yankees infielder who left baseball to try his hand at pro football, entering the NFL when Dallas acquired his negotiating rights from the Houston Texans for a third-round draft pick on March 12, 2004.

    The Texans had selected him in the sixth round (192nd overall) of the 2003 NFL draft.

    Henson reportedly negotiated his release from the Yankees by forfeiting the final $12 million US of his six-year, $17-million US contract.

    After clearing waivers, he signed an eight-year contract with the Cowboys that guaranteed him $3.5 million US — the most ever for a sixth-round draft pick — and was voidable after four years.

    Henson totalled seven appearances for the Cowboys, going 10-of-18 for 78 yards and one touchdown with one interception.

    Struggled in lone start

    Henson's lone start for Dallas came in a 21-7 Thanksgiving Day victory over the Chicago Bears two years ago, but he completed only four of 12 passes for 31 yards and was replaced at halftime by Vinny Testaverde.

    This spring, he agreed to quarterback the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe and completed 109 of 203 pass attempts for 1,321 yards and 10 touchdowns with three interceptions.

    Although Henson's 84.2 rating proved to be the second-highest in the league, he failed to impress at the Cowboys training camp.

    With files from the Associated Press

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    Re: Vikings | Team likely to sign Henson

    He must really love football to forfeit $12 mil on a 6 year contact with the Yankees for $3.5 mil guaranteed over 8 years with the Cowboys.

    Of course, there was the potential to make more in the NFL, should he pan out.

    Either that or he's not the brightest star in the galaxy.

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

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    Re: Vikings | Team likely to sign Henson

    unlike us to sign a misguided headcase without talent

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    [size=13pt]Vikings: Humbled Henson pours himself into opportunity[/size]

    Once a coveted can't-miss prospect in two sports, he gladly took his next career step -- as a practice-squad QB.

    Judd Zulgad, Star Tribune
    Last update: September 30, 2006 – 12:40 AM


    Drew Henson couldn't have been any further from the spotlight that once shined so brightly on him.

    Standing in the Vikings' indoor practice facility at 10:30 Tuesday night, the one-time star quarterback at Michigan, the one-time New York Yankees third baseman of the future and the one-time Dallas Cowboys quarterback in waiting was now just a free agent looking for an opportunity.

    So for a half-hour Henson threw passes to a couple of receivers as Vikings coach Brad Childress and a few others watched. "I think it was the first time anybody had been in a situation like that," Henson said.

    Henson chuckled Friday as he recalled the circumstances. But to him the circumstances didn't matter. The only thing that was important was that he had persevered to find a job -- even if it was on the Vikings' practice squad.

    "Adversity teaches you a lot about your character, and you really have to look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'Why am I doing this?' " Henson said. "It's because you love to play sports. It's not a money thing. I like being on the field, I like playing football, and I like being around my teammates."

    If it was a money thing, the 26-year-old Henson likely would have walked away from the adversity-filled world of professional athletics this summer after Cowboys coach Bill Parcells unceremoniously dumped him. Henson had been guaranteed $3.5 million by Dallas when he signed an eight-year deal to be its quarterback of the future in 2004. That came after he decided to give up baseball following a stint in the Yankees organization that began in 2001 when he agreed to a six-year, $17 million deal.

    Despite those paydays, there was Henson hustling from an afternoon workout with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday to get to his late-night session at Winter Park. All for the opportunity to make $4,700 a week as a member of a unit that has no guarantees when it comes to job security and doesn't travel with the team.

    "We're just trying to get a feel for him and get him up to speed as fast as we can and just see what he can do," Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said.

    No guarantees

    Henson, whose father coached with Childress on the Utah staff in 1990, was signed because rookie Tarvaris Jackson is expected to miss about a month after having knee surgery; the Vikings did not want Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger getting all the reps in practice.

    Once Jackson returns, Henson doesn't know what will happen.

    "I'd like to stay here," he said. "You don't want to be a stop-gap guy on the roster, but this is a business and I certainly have seen all parts of it."

    Henson learned plenty about the business of the NFL during his two seasons with the Cowboys. Taken by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2003 draft, Henson's rights were traded to Dallas a year later when he decided to give up baseball after hitting .248 in 501 minor league at-bats. Henson started one game for the Cowboys in 2004. Last season, he was inactive for all 16 games. Parcells jettisoned him in August.

    "I'm not going to lie," Henson said. "It was definitely frustrating [in Dallas]. Any time you're not where you want to be careerwise it can be frustrating. But it's a learning experience, and no matter what anybody says I'm a better player than I was the day I walked in there. I'm better than I was a year ago."

    A look overseas

    In an attempt to show the Cowboys what he could do, Henson requested a chance to play in NFL Europe this spring. He finished among the league leaders in several categories, completing 109 of 203 passes for 1,321 yards with 10 touchdowns for the Rhein Fire. Henson threw only three interceptions and had a 84.2 quarterback rating.

    "I got a lot of publicity and attention at an early age, but I'm going to pay my dues and I'm willing to make every sacrifice to get where I want to be," Henson said. "Some guys it happens quick, sometimes it doesn't. You never know when that right opportunity is going to come."


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    Re: Vikings | Team likely to sign Henson

    LOL Cajun...you're right!
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    DCPologirl:Maybe Randy will make Aaron Brooks look better......roflmao Del Rio: I guarantee he will

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