The full Eric Kendricks breakdown

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Earlier this week, the Vikings signed linebacker Eric Kendricks. Here’s a full breakdown of his deal, which puts him under contract through 2023.

1. Signing bonus: $10.5 million.

2. 2018 base salary: $1.138 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2019 base salary: $4.15 million, guaranteed for injury only at signing, and fully guaranteed if he’s on the roster the third day of the 2019 league year.

4. 2020 base salary: $7.15 million, guaranteed for injury only at signing, and fully guaranteed if he’s on the roster the third day of the 2020 league year.

5. 2021 base salary: $8.15 million.

6. 2022 base salary: $9.15 million.

7. 2023 base salary: $9.15 million.

8. Annual per-game roster bonuses of $250,000, for 2019 through 2023.

9. Annual workout bonuses of $100,000, for 2019 through 2023.

The total value of the six-year deal is $51.138 million, with $50 million in new money over the five new years of the deal. His salary for 2018 doesn’t change, but he earns $10.5 million from the get-go.

The deal puts Kendricks behind only Luke Kuechly, Alec Ogletree, and Bobby Wagner as the highest-paid inside linebackers in the NFL.

22 responses to “The full Eric Kendricks breakdown

  1. Kendricks is one of the fun players to watch. He’s flying full speed on every play. That’s how this works, draft the talent and put them in a situation to succeed. The money will follow.
    Proud to be a fan of the organization that everyone points to and says, that’s how to build a powerhouse.

  2. Im interested to see how all this will pan out with Viking players wanting to get their piece of the pie. Especially with these fellas, will Barr maybe not force the issue as much cuz they go so far back.

    Will this be one of those situations that the Bears had to deal with, Briggs and Urlacher, where Briggs wanted to more money, but there was no wayt he Bears would let Urlacher not be the highest paid Lb.

  3. We know how this works.
    By the time he’s due to collect that $7M base salary, he’ll be asked to renegotiate, or he’ll be moved some way.

  4. Some people claimed we wouldn’t be able to resign anyone after signing Cousins.

    I guess they were wrong.

    We still have room under the cap to sign others.

  5. The front office is doing some great things with the salary cap and structuring these deals to keep good players in Vikings uniforms. Glad to see us keep Kendricks around, solid player with what seems to be a great attitude and a leader in the middle of the defense.

  6. How smart is Rob Brzezinski? Super smart. Vikings had the space this year to give Kendricks the bonus money and roughly $11.5m total. Then over 2019 and 2020 seasons he will only cost the Vikings a total $5 over those two years, freeing up money for guys like Diggs and Hunter. That’s why the Vikings can continue to sign their own players to seemingly big contracts.

  7. “Proud to be a fan of the organization that everyone points to and says, that’s how to build a powerhouse.”

    I have to admit it’s true. When you see an organization that’s spent three first round draft choices on QBs in the last eight years, none of whom are still on the roster, or that’s won their division twice in that period, or that’s never won a World title in 55+ years, you say “Man, that’s how to build a powerhouse!”

  8. “Proud to be a fan of the organization that everyone points to and says, that’s how to build a powerhouse.”

    You said it, Brother.
    And this year we’re going to actually win a playoff game on our own!
    Who knows, maybe sometime in the next 55 years we’ll even win a Super Bowl.
    Can’t wait to see what the Mortician has in store for us in the future.
    It’s going to be lutefisk and trophies from here on out.

  9. vikingfan23 says:
    April 20, 2018 at 2:57 pm
    Yet over the past 4 years the Vikings have a better record than the Packers.
    Nope. They are both 39-25 over the past 4 years.

    I think it’s safe to say that the Vikings are the better team right now. But Rob Brzezinski isn’t any better than most of the other cap specialists out there. I don’t understand this whole thing with Viking fans’ talking up different aspects of their organization as “the best”. Zimmer is the best coach- but he only has one playoff win and his defense completely collapsed in the last 6 quarters of the playoffs. Spielman, the guy who drafted Ponder and gave up a first round pick for Bradford, is somehow the best GM.

    Vikings’ fans talk like their team is on the success level of perennial champions like the Patriots. Then they lose in the playoffs and completely ignore how wrong they were, and then start right up again in the offseason. When it comes to football, baseball, and basketball, Minnesotans sure know their hockey.

  10. frank booth says:

    Nope. They are both 39-25 over the past 4 years.


    Throwing out the two years were Rodgers broke his collar bones (because Packer fans don’t think it’s fair to count them) – the Packers are on a downward trend – 36 wins in 2010 – 2012 vs 32 wins in 2014 – 2016.

    In the 2010 – 2012 period – the Vikings had 19 wins and in the 2014 – 2016 span they had 26 wins – which is an upward trend – in-spite of the slew of QB injuries that have occurred over that time period.

    The Vikings were 13 – 3 last year – despite losing their starting QB after week 1. The Packers were 7 – 9 only missing Rodgers for only 9 games.

    When Rodgers was medically cleared to play against Carolina, he could only throw dink and dunk passes. All his longer passes were intercepted. Until he proves otherwise, Rodgers is damaged goods.

    So damaged, they IR’d him for the rest of the season (in violation of NFL rules – they should have been forced to release him per the rule book).

  11. Trends had nothing to do with the incorrect comment that the Vikings have a better record over the last 4 years than Green Bay. It’s been pretty apparent that the Vikings are trending up and GB down. Had you read my entire post, I even said that MN is the better team.

    I think if you want, anyone can have the opinion that any injured player who hasn’t re-proven himself is damaged goods.

    I honestly don’t know the point of your post- I guess it was to present the opinion that Rodgers is “damaged goods” based upon your expertise while viewing his one game back (although I haven’t heard other call him “damaged goods”, but then again, you’ve been wrong many, many times before) and explaining very clear and evident trends between the Packers and the Vikings.

  12. filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm
    Viking fans sure are bad at math


    Not really, the new math next year is 8+14=6

  13. packer & Eagle fans still bringing up the 1st rd pick for Bradford.The Vikings were 8 days from the start of the regular season with out a QB on their roster due to injuries. We have been over this already. It is like when Dante was second in the MVP race to Peyton Manning,signed a huge contract and the trolls say they passed on Rodgers twice.So stupid.

  14. Did anyone else notice the picture of Aaron Rodgers in his black Bucks hat? It looks like he took his big brothers hat for the day. Give it back Aaron.

  15. It’s nothing like when Culpepper was runner-up to Manning. Of course the Vikings shouldn’t have drafted Rodgers based upon what they had at the time. But in Bradford, they paid a first round draft pick for an oft-injured guy who had played 21 games in the prior 3 years. Then they got 17 games out of him in the last 2. He makes Chris Chandler look like an iron man.

  16. fake bears fan try to follow along. I wasn’t saying Duante and Bradford were the same. I was saying we have been over this already.And both cases were explained already. The Vikings didn’t have many QB’s to choose from with 8 days before the season starts and they weren’t going to come cheap. Catch up.

  17. Please. No one was comparing the situations of Bradford and Culpepper. I don’t even know where you get that. I even agreed with you that the Vikings did nothing wrong by passing over Rodgers for other needs when they had already had Culpepper.

    Spielman blew it, panicking by trading a first round pick for a quarterback with a major injury history and moderate success in the NFL. And even though he stayed healthy and played fairly well for one year, the Vikings only went 8-8. And then, not surprisingly, he was injured 2 games into the next season.

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