Monday, March 23, 2015

Report: 49ers interested in free agent LB Erin Henderson


Free agent linebacker Erin Henderson was out of the league last season. He was busted for drunk driving twice in one year from January 2013 to January 2014 and released by the Vikings in February of 2014 before being slapped with a four-game suspension at the start of last season.

Henderson worked out for the Chiefs after the season but wasn’t signed to a contract. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports the soon-to-be 29-year-old held a private workout for teams in Arizona on Sunday.

The 49ers have scheduled a visit with Henderson, according to Anderson, and he’ll make the trip to San Francisco on Wednesday. The 49ers, of course, have lost both linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to sudden retirements the past couple weeks. They've been left with Michael Wilhoite and NaVorro Bowman at inside linebacker.

Scheme-versatile, Henderson can play inside in the 3-4 or outside in the 4-3. After sitting out last season, he should be able to land a second opportunity. Henderson has shown an ability to cover backs and tight ends and can also stop the run.

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