After making the big splash in free agency to acquire Kirk Cousins, Minnesota is now focusing its attention on solidifying its defensive core.

The Vikings re-signed linebacker Eric Kendricks on Monday as he signed his name to a five-year, $50 million deal with $25 million guaranteed, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Kendricks was a second round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and has been the team leader in tackles in each of his first three seasons, the first Viking to do that in over 40 years. He had 67 solo tackles in 2017, where he started all 16 regular season games.

Minnesota GM Rick Spielman has done an excellent job juggling financials, as he’s already re-signed major cogs in the defensive machine in cornerback Xavier Rhodes, safety Harrison Smith, and tackle Linval Joseph last offseason.

He also signed Sheldon Richardson, a dominant defensive tackle and former Defensive Rookie of the Year last month.

With Kendricks re-signed, the Minnesota defense can remain the daunting force that it has been.

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