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

Florence Fletcher
April 17, 2018

According to multiple sources, the Minnesota Vikings have reached a contract extension with starting middle linebacker Eric Kendricks.

While the Vikings did not disclose terms of the deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that the pact is worth $50 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed. The Vikings, who had $17 million in cap space before announcing the move, are expected to have roughly $8-10 million in cap room depending on how the contract is structured.

The fourth-year linebacker led the Vikings in total tackles in each of his first three National Football League seasons.

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

Kendricks, 26, had 136 total tackles, six passes defensed, a sack, an interception and a touchdown in 16 starts last season for the Vikings. Meanwhile, restricted free agent center Nick Easton signed his one-year tender.

Coming off the most successful season in eight years, the Minnesota Vikings have worked toward solidifying their roster to continue their uprising to the top of the league.

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