Ex-Jet Hen­der­son su­ing

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY DANIEL POP­PER

The Jets and former line­backer Erin Hen­der­son were un­able to come to terms on a pri­vate set­tle­ment, and now Hen­der­son is su­ing the team for wrong­ful ter­mi­na­tion, ac­cord­ing to ESPN. Hen­der­son filed his law­suit Fri­day morn­ing. The Jets de­clined to com­ment through a team spokesper­son.

NJ.com first re­ported ear­lier this week that Hen­der­son was plan­ning to sue the Jets if the two sides couldn’t reach an agree­ment out­side of court.

Hen­der­son’s at­tor­ney sent a let­ter to owner Christo­pher John­son on Sept. 14 stat­ing he would file the law­suit on Sept. 29 if no set­tle­ment was agreed upon.

Hen­der­son is seek­ing $3.3 mil­lion in dam­ages — the com­bi­na­tion of a ros­ter bonus, the re­main­der of his 2016 salary and his 2017 salary.

The Jets placed Hen­der­son on the non­foot­ball in­jury list in late Oc­to­ber last sea­son. They then de­clined to pick up his 2017 op­tion in Fe­bru­ary. Todd Bowles said he has “no re­grets” about how the team parted ways with Hen­der­son this past off­sea­son.

“It’s a per­sonal mat­ter. I think that the team’s tak­ing care of it,” Bowles said. “I know Erin very well.”

Hen­der­son claims he was un­fairly placed on the NFI. The line­backer pre­vi­ously bat­tled al­co­hol abuse be­fore be­ing cut by the Vik­ings in 2014. In the let­ter ob­tained by NJ.com, Hen­der­son’s at­tor­ney says his client suf­fers from bi-po­lar dis­or­der.

Bowles said he hasn’t talked to Hen­der­son “in a long time.” When pressed about why the team de­cided to cut ties with Hen­der­son, Bowles pulled back.

“I’m not go­ing to get into that,” the Jets coach said. “It’s just our de­ci­sion that we came to with things we went through dur­ing the year. It hap­pened. I’ll let the le­gal

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