Vikings LB Kendricks lands reported $50 million extension

  • Vikings LB Kendricks lands reported $50 million extension

Vikings LB Kendricks lands reported $50 million extension

Even though the Minnesota Vikings are in a position where they need to do what they can to win games now, they aren't going to jeopardize their future by allowing their homegrown talent to leave in free agency.

Scheduled to become a free agent following the 2018 National Football League season, Minnesota didn't want to gamble with waiting to lock down a key piece of their franchise and signed Kendricks to a 5-year contract extension according to Adam Schefter on Twitter. Kendricks' deal is worth $50 million over the next five years, with $25 million of it guaranteed, a league source confirmed. Kendricks has one year left on his rookie contract, after being drafted in the second round out of UCLA in 2015 and immediately becoming a starter on one of the top defenses in the NFL.

"Eric is just another young core player for us", read a statement from Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. He does nothing but represent us in a first-class way out in the community, he's a leader in the defense, he's a leader in our locker room.

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Kendricks totaled 314 tackles and 2 interceptions in his first three seasons with the Vikings.

He started in all 16 regular-season games and both postseason games past year, recording 113 tackles with one sack, one interception and one touchdown. He said that he's particularly "excited" to practice against Cousins, who broke out as a star with the Washington Redskins after replacing oft-injured former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III as the team's starting quarterback.