Saturday March 5th, 2016

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a new four-year contract with safety Andrew Sendejo, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

The deal is worth $16 million, according to Rapoport. Sendejo started 14 games at safety last season, including the playoffs, and played a main role on special teams. He recorded 194 tackles in his first five years with the Vikings.

Sendejo would have become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday, when the new league year begins.

It’s unclear whether Sendejo will remain the starting safety, after the Vikings have been linked to others at the position including George Iloka of the Bengals. Head coach Mike Zimmer spoke recently about wanting to upgrade next to free safety Harrison Smith.

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“I think that if Harrison Smith was paired with a guy that had some other qualities, we could allow Harrison to be more of an impactful player,” Zimmer said at the NFL scouting combine, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I think Harrison can be more impactful if he had the right kind of guy next to him.”

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