EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings have signed cornerback Amari Henderson, the team announced Tuesday.
Henderson, a former Wake Forest standout, participated in the Vikings rookie minicamp last month on a tryout basis.
Henderson originally signed with the Jaguars in 2020 as an undrafted free agent. He started the season on Jacksonville's practice squad but was released after a few weeks.
The native of Charlotte, North Carolina, redshirted for the Demon Deacons in 2015 before becoming a significant part of Wake Forest's defense.
As a redshirt senior in 2019, Henderson started all 13 games and led Wake Forest with four interceptions. His 14 passes defensed ranked fifth in the ACC, and his interceptions tied for second in the conference. Henderson's pair of picks against Louisville tied the most by an ACC player in a game in 2019.
Henderson finished his career fourth in school history with 48 passes defensed and totaled seven interceptions. He was an NFLPA Bowl invitee and earned Second-Team All-ACC honors.
The 23-year-old was one of five players invited as tryouts to Minnesota's 2021 rookie minicamp. The Vikings were impressed by Henderson's showing, but a personal tragedy delayed his signing. Henderson's brother was killed in Texas during a hit-and-run accident before minicamp.
Henderson joins a Vikings cornerbacks room that has added multiple veterans this offseason. Patrick Peterson, Bashaud Breeland, Parry Nickerson and Tye Smith have all been brought to Minnesota, and Mackensie Alexander returned to the Vikings after a season with the Bengals.
Nickerson and Henderson overlapped in Jacksonville during the 2020 preseason.