The Vikings added another piece to their defense on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with linebacker Jordan Hicks on the second day of the NFL’s legal tampering period. Hicks’ reported two-year, $12 million deal can’t be signed until the league year opens at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The Vikings have now agreed to deals with two defensive players in the past two days. Former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Harrison Phillips agreed to reported a three-year deal worth up to $19.5 million on Monday.
The #Vikings have agreed to terms with LB Jordan Hicks.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 15, 2022
Hicks was a middle linebacker in the Arizona Cardinals’ 3-4 defense and now will make the move into the Vikings’ new 3-4 look in 2022. Eric Kendricks has been the Vikings’ middle linebacker in their 4-3 defense, something the team will continue use at times under new coordinator Ed Donatell.
Hicks, who will turn 30 on June 27, was a third-round pick by Philadelphia in 2015 and played his first four seasons with the Eagles. He spent the past three seasons with the Cardinals and did not miss a game. He has started 51 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak among NFL linebackers.
Hicks had 116 tackles, five quarterback hits and a career-high four sacks last season, despite the fact the Cardinals drafted Zaven Collins in the first round of the 2021 draft and Hicks was allowed to seek a trade last summer. That didn’t happen and Hicks was named a captain and still played a significant role for the Cardinals.
Hicks was waived by Arizona this month, saving the team $6.5 million again the salary cap. He had been set to count $9.5 million against the cap.