Reacting to Eric Kendricks' contract extension (ep 314)

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Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman began setting a new standard last summer when he and the Vikings' front office worked out new deals for Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph and Xavier Rhodes more than a year before they were set to become free agents. Much of that has come in the way from the stout defense that the front office has constructed.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a multiyear contract extension. Kendricks has one year left on his rookie contract, after being drafted in the second round out of UCLA in 2015 and immediately becoming a starter on one of the top defenses in the NFL.

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

In addition to the 367 tackles he's made during that span, Kendricks has added 7.5 sacks, 30 tackles for loss, two interceptions (both returned for touchdowns), 16 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He's led the team in tackling every year since being drafted. Kendricks has been a huge part in helping the Vikings become one of the league's top defenses over the last couple of seasons.

The former UCLA linebacker is signing an extension with the Minnesota Vikings. The two are part of a defense that was ranked No. 1 in the National Football League last season.