Brendon Ayanbadejo received some good news from Minnesota on Wednesday.
While it’s unlikely the Vikings are planning to earmark any of their reported $30 million in available salary-cap space on the two-time Pro Bowl special teams performer, Ayanbadejo can take heart in the tender the team made its special teams ace Heath Farwell, who is a restricted free agent.
Minnesota tendered Farwell a one-year offer for $1.417 million, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Farwell is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Vikings would receive a second-round draft pick in compensation if they chose not to match an offer. In other words, Farwell is staying put. It bodes well for Ayanbadejo because it’s evidence a team is willing to pony up good money for a special teamer and reserve linebacker.