Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski continues to fill his roster with players he’s familiar with during his time in Minnesota:
#Browns are signing S Andrew Sendejo, source says. It's a one-year, $2.25 million deal.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 20, 2020
Sendejo was a long time member of the Vikings, although he was released at the end of 2018, signed with the Eagles, and then returned to the Vikings about midway through last year. He is an underdog success story, going from an undrafted prospect in 2010 to becoming a fixture in the Vikings defensive backfield from 2013 through his return last year.
With Sendejo’s departure, the safety position opposite Harrison Smith has a lot more questions surrounding it than it did a few days ago. Yes, Anthony Harris was given the franchise tag, but attached to that were rumors the Vikings were looking to trade him. If that had come about, there was a feeling that the Vikings would try to keep Sendejo with the Vikings, as he is an experienced player that could do the job.
Now, though, with Sendejo gone to Cleveland, and Jayron Kearse gone to Detroit, the VIkings really don’t have a lot of options behind Harris. So if they trade him, how they fill that position will be interesting.
Sendejo’s departure continues the defensive back exodus out of Minnesota this off-season. Friend and colleague Eric Thompson showed just how much experience the Vikings have lost in that position group:
#Vikings secondary 2019 snap counts— Eric Thompson (@eric_j_thompson) March 19, 2020
1. Smith 1094
2. Harris 1033 (Likely getting traded)
3. Rhodes 908 (Gone)
4. Waynes 888 (Gone)
5. Alexander 534 (Gone)
6. Hughes 500
7. Kearse 271 (Gone)
8. Sendejo 204 (Free agent)
9. Hill 168
10. Boyd 99
With Sendejo gone, it almost seems like the smart play...the almost mandatory one at this point, even, would be to extend Harris. We’ll see what happens.