Vikings cut LB Eric Kendricks to start salary cap purge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings started their salary cap purge by terminating the contract of veteran linebacker Eric Kendricks to end his eight-year run with the team. The 2019 All-Pro started 113 regular season games, plus six in the playoffs, after the Vikings drafted him in the second round in 2015 out of UCLA. Kendricks totaled 857 tackles, 51 passes defensed and nine interceptions. He was voted a captain by his teammates and one of the club’s most active players in community service. The move saves $9.5 million against Minnesota’s cap. Cutting him costs the Vikings $1.93 million in dead money.