Vikings Sign Eric Kendricks To Contract Extension

Eric Kendricks Vikings

The team announced it signed Eric Kendricks to a contract extension, locking up the first of four significant players scheduled to hit free agency after the 2018 season.

This contract extension also takes some weight off the shoulders of the Minnesota Vikings.

It's a five-year deal worth $50 million, including $25 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

In his career so far with the Vikings, Kendricks has totaled 367 tackles, 30 tackles for a loss, 26 quarterback hurries, 21 pass break-ups and two interceptions.


Drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft (45th overall), Kendricks has been a vital part of Minnesota's No. 1 defense.

The 6-foot linebacker played at UCLA from 2011-2014. In fact, he led the team with 113 tackles in the 2017 campaign.

Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman began setting a new standard last summer when he and the Vikings' front office worked out new deals for Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph and Xavier Rhodes more than a year before they were set to become free agents.

Kendricks has a small frame for a middle linebacker but makes up for his size with great athleticism and speed to fit perfectly into what head coach Mike Zimmer does with his defense to keep opposing offenses guessing as to what players will do at each position.

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