While the Vikings did not disclose terms of the deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that the pact is worth $50 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed. Kendricks recorded a career-high 136 tackles last season — with 13 coming in victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The 26-year-old Kendricks is the first Vikings player since Rip Hawkins (1961-1964) to lead the team in total tackles in each of his first three seasons. Kendricks has totaled 367 tackles while forcing and recovering one fumble in 45 career games since being selected by the Vikings in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He also returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns.
This scribe thinks that’s probably a bit far-fetched considering how much contract issues have meant to Thomas in the past. But it’s always a consideration, regardless. Thomas played for the Texas Longhorns in college and has made no bones about wanting to play for the Cowboys. This is something to keep an eye on going forward, especially because Seattle has already started blowing things up and needs more draft capital to make moves for the future.
Kelce added that he would have been able to play the team’s next game had the Chiefs advanced. But the Titans won, 22-21, outscoring the Chiefs 19-0 in the second half.
Kelce didn’t just miss the second half of a playoff loss, he also missed the end of Alex Smith’s time in Kansas City. The veteran quarterback was traded to Washington this offseason, clearing the way for Patrick Mahomes to take over the position and leaving Kelce with a new signal-caller this upcoming season.
He just took control out there on the first day, Kelce said of Mahomes, per the Associated Press (h/t the Tampa Bay Times). That was the biggest thing, seeing he does have control of the room at a young age. He’s not shy taking the lead.
Mahomes will certainly have plenty of talent to work with on offense. Along with returning stars in Kelce, running back Kareem Hunt and wideout Tyreek Hill, the team also added wide receiver Sammy Watkins in free agency.