Covered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News. With Kendricks in place, it ensures that a major part o their defense is in place for the next several seasons.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the extension is for five years, $50 million with $25 million guaranteed.
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).
Matthew Coller and ESPN's Courtney Cronin get together for an emergency podcast reacting to the Vikings' announcement that they have signed Eric Kendricks to a long-term contract extension. Kendricks is paired with another fellow Bruin, linebacker Anthony Barr, in Minnesota's stout defense. 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. Strategic planning regarding how Minnesota structures Kendricks' deal will be important as the Vikings' front office aims to keep as much of the current roster intact when other extensions come due.
Coming off the most successful season in eight years, the Minnesota Vikings have worked toward solidifying their roster to continue their uprising to the top of the league.