The Chargers have reportedly made their first signing of free agency with the addition of former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, according to his Instagram page.
Kendricks is heading into his ninth season in the league, and it will be for a new team. He played for the Vikings for eight seasons and had over 900 tackles, 54 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, and nine interceptions.
The former all-pro linebacker has had over 100 tackles in the last seven seasons and will look to continue doing that for the Chargers.
The caption on his photo read, “Back in LA…Bolt Up!” Kendricks played his college ball at UCLA and is considered a great Bruin. He was selected in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings and has been a great player for them.
The Vikings recently cut him to free up cap space, but it doesn’t take away all the plays he made in the purple jersey.
Inserting Kendricks into the defense should help slow down the opposing team’s run game, which the Chargers have been one of the worst teams in the NFL. He also is good at rushing the quarterback, and with edge players like Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack, that may give him the opportunity to chase them down in LA.
It is unsure if the addition of Kendricks means the team is no longer trying to re-sign linebacker Drue Tranquill. The former Notre Dame linebacker is currently a free agent after coming off his best season as a pro. He wore the green dot for the second half of the season, which is something Kendricks has experience with from his time in Minnesota.
Even though he is 31 years old, if his recent play shows anything, Kendricks should be a solid addition to the defense.
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- Fun Fact: Kendricks was born on a leap year, which was February 29th, 1992.