Vikings Give Kendricks Five-Year Extension

Vikings Give Kendricks Five-Year Extension

BC-FBN-Vikings-Kendricks, 132Vikings sign LB Eric Kendricks to contract extensionAP Photo NY173Eds: APNewsNow. Much of that has come in the way from the stout defense that the front office has constructed. He is set to make $1.14 million in base salary for the final season of his rookie deal.

Another piece of the Vikings' dominant defense is locked in for the long haul.

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In his first three seasons since entering the NFL, Kendricks has led the team in total tackles, the first Viking to do so since Rip Hawkins (1961-1964). According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Kendricks is signing a five-year, $50 million extension with the Vikings.

Kendricks, 26, had 136 total tackles, six passes defensed, a sack, an interception and a touchdown in 16 starts last season for the Vikings. He started all 16 games at middle linebacker for the first time in his career in 2017, a year after he played 15 of the team's 16 games and made 109 tackles to go with a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown. Like Kendricks, Barr has become a huge part of their defensive identity and figures to be a key piece to their long-term outlook. The two are part of a defense that was ranked No. 1 in the National Football League last season.

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