Breaking news out of Minneapolis as the Vikings have signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a five-year, $50 million dollar extension. $25 million of the deal is guaranteed, locking up one of their most important defensive players.
Heading into the offseason, the Vikings were facing a number of impending free agents on their roster. Most figured they would look to extend a few of them before training camp. Kendricks becomes the first to sign a major extension. Kendricks had 113 tackles for the Vikings this past season, leading the team by a wide margin.
With Minnesota signing Kendricks long term, one half of their dynamic linebacker duo is secured for the future. Anthony Barr is also up for a pay raise soon. He could be the next player to get a new contract. Along with Barr, Stefon Diggs, Danielle Hunter and Trae Waynes are also in line for new deals. It is yet unclear who will be the higher priority players this offseason, but one would assume at least one more of these players will receive an extension. Look for the team to address the contract of these guys within the next few months.
Rick Spielman clearly prioritized Kendricks’ contract, given his deal and his productive first three years with the team. What is more, the money is relatively in line with linebackers of similar production. So the Vikings and Kendricks have a mutually beneficial deal moving forward.