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.