Vikings sign LB Kendricks to extension

Vikings signing LB Eric Kendricks to five-year $50 million extension report says

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. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Kendricks is signing a five-year, $50 million extension with the Vikings. It will also include $25 million in guaranteed money.

Kendricks is scheduled to make a base salary of $1.138 million in 2018 in the final season of his four-year rookie contract.

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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. The UCLA product has 367 combined tackles, 16 passes defensed, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions, two touchdowns, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 45 career appearances.

Kendricks has led the Vikings in total tackles in each of his first three seasons, becoming only the second player in franchise history to do so, joining Rip Hawkins.

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