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Vikings, Eric Kendricks Agree to 5-Year, $50 Million Extension

16 April, 2018, 22:15 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Vikings, Eric Kendricks Agree to 5-Year, $50 Million Extension

The 26-year-old's deal comes one month and one day after the team signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million deal, and it indicates the Vikings will continue to be aggressive in locking up their young players. The Vikings announced on Monday that they've signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a multi-year contract extension.

At first glance, $50 million seems like a lot of money, but spread out over five years and with a guarantee that wouldn't be too unsafe to the team's salary cap, this could be one of the best contracts general manager Rick Spielman has been able to get done recently.

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The former UCLA product has played a vital role in the Vikings' front seven over the past three seasons, totaling 209 solo tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hurries, 21 pass break-ups, 7.5 sacks and two interceptions throughout his National Football League career. Kendricks is paired with another fellow Bruin, linebacker Anthony Barr, in Minnesota's stout defense. He had a team-high 113 tackles in 2017. With Kendricks in place, it ensures that a major part o their defense is in place for the next several seasons. His older brother, Mychal, is a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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