Eric Kendricks, Vikings Agree on Reported 5-Year, $50M Contract Extension

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

Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks signs contract extension, checking off one of team's top priorities

It's a good day for Eric Kendricks' bank account.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a multiyear contract extension. Terms were not released, but multiple outlets report it's a five-year deal worth as much as 50-million-dollars with 25-million guaranteed.

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

The 26-year-old's deal comes one month and one day after the team signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million deal, and it indicates the Vikings will continue to be aggressive in locking up their young players.

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The Minnesota Vikings have a lot of work to do with several key players set to hit free agency in 2019. Kendricks has been a huge part in helping the Vikings become one of the league's top defenses over the last couple of seasons.

Minnesota drafted Kendricks in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of UCLA. 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). Kendricks returned both interceptions for touchdowns and has also forced and recovered one fumble.

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