Vikings sign Kendricks to contract extension
Published 7:19 am Tuesday, April 17, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings can cross another core player off their to-do list for contract extensions.
Linebacker Eric Kendricks became the latest recipient of a new multi-year deal, when he re-upped with the club on Monday. After being drafted in the second round out of UCLA in 2015, Kendricks has led the Vikings in total tackles in each of his first three seasons.
The only other player in franchise history who’s accomplished that feat was Rip Hawkins, who did so over his first four years from 1961-64.
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“He represents 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. His work ethic, his prep that he puts in week in and week out, is why he is such a dynamic player on Sunday,” general manager Rick Spielman said. “Hopefully we will continue to add players like Eric as we continue to build this roster and move forward.”
During training camp in 2017, the Vikings signed defensive end Everson Griffen, nose tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes to contract extensions to keep them from reaching free agency. Kendricks has one season left on his rookie contract. This deal, according to reports by ESPN and NFL Media, is worth as much as $50 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed.
Up next in the extension queue: linebacker Anthony Barr, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive end Danielle Hunter, all with rookie contracts set to expire after the 2018 season.