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

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Former UCLA LB Eric Kendricks signs five-year, $50M extension with Vikings

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.

Monday marks the first official day of spring practice for the Minnesota Vikings, which is good news. Kendricks was selected in the 2nd round (45th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft and went on to receive All-Rookie honors that season. It is a significant uptick in pay as he has quickly proven to be a vital part of the Vikings' defense as a core piece of the linebacker core.

The Minnesota Vikings announced LB Eric Kendricks has signed a contract extension with the club.

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Kendricks has been a key piece of Mike Zimmer's dominant defense since he got here and was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season.

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. In 2017, the Fresno, California native tallied a career-high 136 (87 solo) total tackles and tied a career-high of 13 tackles vs. Cleveland (10/29/17). The two are part of a defense that was ranked No. 1 in the National Football League last season.

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