According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Kendricks is signing a five-year, $50 million extension with the Vikings. 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.
Kendricks' new deal includes $25M guaranteed money. They will still have to do something with the contracts of Stefon Diggs, Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr, and others, but locking down Eric Kendricks was definitely a step in the right direction for the franchise.
Minnesota drafted Kendricks in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of UCLA. Since then, he's shown a ton of athleticism and solid tackling at the linebacker position, making him a valuable part of the team's stellar defense.
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 National Football League career. His older brother, Mychal, is a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles.