LB Eric Kendricks to sign with Cowboys instead of 49ers

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In an about-face, former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Eric Kendricks agreed to a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, according to a report from ESPN.

Kendricks’ decision came hours after reports indicated he would go to the San Francisco 49ers, also on a one-year contract.

The ESPN report indicated that new Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer wanted a reunion with Kendricks, who turned 32 on Feb. 29. Before his one season with the Chargers, Kendricks played eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2015-22), where Zimmer was the head coach through 2021.

Kendricks, who was released on March 5 as the Chargers needed to open salary-cap space, was named a first-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler in 2019, his only time with each honor.

Los Angeles saved $6.5 million with the release of Kendricks, who signed a two-year, $13.25 million contract prior to the 2023 season.

Last season, Kendricks started 14 of the 15 games in which he appeared, finishing with 3 1/2 sacks and 117 tackles. In his nine seasons, he has 18 1/2 sacks, 1,036 tackles, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. He also has nine interceptions, including two for touchdowns.