Vikings LB Kendricks signs five-year, $50M contract

Eric Kendricks Vikings

Now that the Vikings have added Kirk Cousins to bolster the offense, they are turning their attention to nucleus players on the other side of the ball.Minnesota has signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a contract extension, the team announced Monday. He was drafted in the second round out of UCLA in 2015 and became a starter on one of the top defenses in the NFL. In fact, he led the team with 113 tackles in the 2017 campaign. He's the second player in franchise history to do so, joining Rip Hawkins. Terms were not released, but multiple outlets report it's a five-year deal worth as much as 50-million-dollars with 25-million guaranteed.

Kendricks recorded a career-high 136 tackles last season - with 13 coming in victory over the Cleveland Browns. In addition to the 367 tackles he's made during that span, Kendricks has added 7.5 sacks, 30 tackles for loss, two interceptions (both returned for touchdowns), 16 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

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Prior to the new contract, Kendricks was in the final year of his rookie four-year, $5.1 million contract where he was set to earn $1.1 million for the $1.1 million.

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