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Mike Morgan

Pro Football

Henson to leave Yankees, take shot at career in NFL

Drew Henson has agreed to leave the New York Yankees to pursue a career in the NFL.

Henson's agent, Casey Close, told the Yankees the third baseman is quitting after three mediocre seasons in the minor leagues, a baseball official said yesterday on the condition he not be identified.

Henson will forfeit the $12 million he is owed from the contract he agreed to with the Yankees in 2001, the official said.

The NFL's Houston Texans, who hold the former University of Michigan quarterback's rights, announced that Henson would work out with the team on Feb. 12 in a showcase for the other 31 NFL franchises.