Yesterday S Andrew Sendejo of the Minnesota Vikings signed a two year contract extension. Per a League source, the contract itself is worth $2.0 million in new money with $200,000 paid as a signing bonus. His salary in 2013 remains unchanged so the cap strapped Vikings only lose $66,666 in cap room in 2013. In 2014 Sendejo’s salary will be $750,000 and in 2015 it rises to $950,000.
Though Sendejo entered the NFL in 2010 he has yet to play in enough games to push his free agent status beyond that of the “Exclusive Rights” category despite his $630,000 salary. In the NFL one earns a credited season for salary purposes with just three games on the Active roster, which Sendejo accomplished each season. However you need six games to earn a season towards free agency status, which he only accomplished in two seasons, which would have left him as a Restricted Free Agent in 2014.
The deal represents a middle ground agreement to take the uncertainty of the season out of the equation. The RFA tender for 2014 should be $1.389 million in non-guaranteed salary. Sendejo will now make $400,000 in fully guaranteed money and a total of $1 million in new money between the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Jason is the founder of OTC and has been studying NFL contracts and the salary cap for over 15 years. Jason has co-authored two books about the NFL, Crunching Numbers and the Drafting Stage, which are widely circulated in the industry and hosts the OTC Podcast. Jason’s work has been featured in various publications including the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, NFL Network and more. OTC is widely considered the leading authority on contract matters in the NFL.