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


Will be updated. With AP Photos.

According to multiple sources, the Minnesota Vikings have reached a contract extension with starting middle linebacker Eric Kendricks. 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. Kendricks has been a huge part in helping the Vikings become one of the league's top defenses over the last couple of seasons. He's the second player in franchise history to do so, joining Rip Hawkins.

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Kendricks, the Vikings' second-round pick in 2015, posted 113 combined tackles last season, with a sack and one interception (which he returned 31 yards for a 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). He has two interception returns for touchdowns since entering the league plus 30 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hurries and 21 pass breakups. Kendricks was selected in the 2nd round (45th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft and went on to receive All-Rookie honors that season.