According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Minnesota Vikings have released former All-Pro linebacker, Eric Kendricks.

“Eric leaves a powerful, permanent legacy within our organization and the Minnesota community,” said Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. “While he is best known as a playmaker and respected linebacker across the league, Eric’s contributions to the Vikings extend far beyond the field because of his selfless and unwavering commitment to improving societal issues. I have the utmost respect for Eric and wish him and Ally, along with their growing family, continued success in their next chapter.”

Kendricks, who has spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Vikes, was entering the final year of his contract. The 31-year-old’s release saves Minnesota $9.5 million in cap space. 

Kendricks started all 17 games for the Vikings last season, recording a team-leading 137 tackles, and should garner plenty of interest on the free agent market. 

The California native’s departure is one of several cost-cutting transactions Minnesota will need to make, with the team sitting $24.424 million over the salary cap. 

FanDuel Sportsbook currently has the Vikings at +4000 odds to win Super Bowl LVIII.

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