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Vikings sign Kendricks to a 5-year extension

From ESPN - April 16, 2018

A critical part of the league's No. 1 defense will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks signed a contract extension on Monday, the franchise announced on Monday. Kendricks' deal is a five-year extension worth $50 million with $25 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kendricks is the first of four Vikings players with contracts coming due in 2019 to receive an extension. Minnesota will also need to decide on extensions for linebacker Anthony Barr, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive end Danielle Hunter before the three are set to become free agents after this season.

The former UCLA product has played a vital role in the Vikings' front seven over the past three seasons, totaling 209 solo tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hurries, 21 pass break-ups, 7.5 sacks and two interceptions throughout his NFL career.

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