Kendricks is signing a five-year, $50 million extension that includes $25 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
A 2015 second-round pick, Kendricks has started 41 times in 45 career regular-season games, piling up 314 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions and 16 passes defensed. While the contract may seem hefty for a player who isn't even among the league's elite at a non-premium position, the Vikings likely know they'd have a tough time finding another three-down linebacker with similar aptitude in coverage. Kendricks posted career-high totals for tackles (113) and defensive snaps (967) last season, but his IDP production fell shy of what's typical for a three-down inside linebacker, in part because Minnesota's opponents often had to abandon their running games.
Kendricks recorded a team-high 113 tackles (67 solo) to go along with six passes defensed, one sack, one interception and one touchdown across 16 games in 2017.
Kendricks couldn't be contained in 2017, logging four separate double-digit-tackle performances in the regular season. The 25-year-old has one more year left on his rookie contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent, meaning a big payday is on the way in the not-too-distant future. For now, expect Kendricks to head into 2018 as one of the Vikings' defensive leaders, as he'll look to log his third-straight season with 100-plus tackles.
Kendricks had five total tackles, a tackle for a loss and returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Bengals.
Kendricks has been on a hot streak the past three games with 24 tackles, two passes defensed and and interception. He piles up tackles (7.2 per game) but isn't involved in blitz packages too often as he has just one sack this season.
Kendricks had nine tackles (one solo) against the Panthers on Sunday.
Kendricks logged all 64 defensive tackles. Although it's troubling that only one of his tackles was solo, Kendricks has plenty of worthy showings to backup his IDP ability. The Bengals are on the Week 15 agenda, and they make their living on the ground and with short passes, so Kendricks has high fantasy potential.
Kendricks had ten total tackles (eight solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's 14-9 win at Atlanta.
Kendricks missed practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday and Friday with a hip injury, but he was at full speed on Sunday.
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