Hendrickson agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract with the Bengals on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The deal includes $32 million across the first two years as the 26-year-old is coming off a 13.5-sack campaign in 2020 for the Saints. Hendrickson should fill the void in Cincinnati's pass rush left by the departure of Carl Lawson, who agreed to a deal with the Jets earlier Monday.
Hendrickson totaled 25 tackles (22 solo), 13.5 sacks, one pass defended and a forced fumble across 15 regular-season games in 2020. After racking up just 6.5 sacks through his first three seasons, Hendrickson more than doubled that output with 13.5 in 2020. That robust total was good enough to tie with Aaron Donald for second in the NFL. Set to become a free agent in 2021, Hendrickson could look to parlay his big season into a new contract -- with New Orleans or elsewhere.
Hendrickson (neck) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's NFC divisional-round matchup against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Hendrickson was forced to miss New Orleans' wild-card win over the Bears due to a neck injury, but he'll be back in action after just a one-game absence. After leading the Saints with 13.5 sacks in the regular season, Hendrickson's return stands to provide a notable boost against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
Hendrickson (neck) will miss Sunday's wild-card round game against the Bears, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Hendrickson's absence will be a major blow to the Saints' defense considering his 13.5 sacks in the regular season ranked second in the NFL. Marcus Davenport will fill in at defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan, while Hendrickson will set his sights on healing up for the divisional round should the Saints get past Chicago without him.
Hendrickson provided one solo tackle, a sack, in the Saints' 33-7 win over the Panthers on Sunday. After totaling 6.5 sacks through his first three NFL seasons, Hendrickson more than doubled that mark in 2020 and tied with Aaron Donald for second-most sacks in the league. Heading into his fourth season, Hendrickson will look to keep the strong play going in 2021.
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