Minnesota Inks Jordan Hicks On Multi-Year Deal

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is pressured by Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (97) and middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) at State Farm Stadium. Nfl Green Bay Packers At Arizona Cardinals

The Minnesota Vikings have reached an agreement with veteran linebacker Jordan Hicks.

The deal will reportedly be a 2-years, $10 million that can reach up to $12 million based on incentives and has $6.5 million guaranteed.

“This was a priority for Minnesota, an on-field leader and productivity who handled himself with class in Arizona,” said NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

Hicks, 30, was a former third-round pick, 84th overall in 2015 by the Philadelphia Eagles and has spent the last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals as their right inside linebacker in a 3-4 based defense.

This move is no surprise due to the recent hire of defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, who runs primarily a 3-4 based defense. Eric Kendricks doesn’t have any experience in a 3-4 defense, and some believe he might not fit into the new defensive scheme and should stick to being a 4-3 linebacker only.

Dec 5, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Jordan Hicks. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Hicks appeared in 17 games this past season and finished with 116 tackles, four sacks, five pass deflections, and a forced fumble. He also hasn’t missed a game since 2018, and the regime has indicated multiple times how important it is to stay on the field as much as possible.

This move is interesting because there has been some indication that Erick Kendricks could be a cap casualty or a potential trade piece to get the Vikings cap compliant by the start of the new league year, which is Wednesday.

According to the VikeFans Twitter account with 10.9K followers, they have reported that Minnesota has an attractive offer on the table for Eric Kendricks. They couldn’t reveal any details due to their sources close to the organization, but they have an offer on the table.

A potential package could include a third and fifth-round pick or possibly just a second-round pick — it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what Kendricks’ worth is around the league.

If they were to trade Kendricks, they would free up somewhere around $7.5 million and be cap compliant before anything is done regarding Danielle Hunter or Adam Thielen.

The Jordan Hicks signing, either way, is incredible value. He has a few years left playing at a high level and should be a low-risk, high reward. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is all about finding fair market value in free agency, and his first two moves on the defensive side of the ball fit that narrative.

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