Brian Robison's four-year extension offers stability to defensive line
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Vikings made it official Wednesday: defensive end Brian Robison will be around for a while.
The team came to terms with Robison and his agent - and his wife, a key negotiator - in recent weeks and culminated in signing the pass rusher to a four-year extension Wednesday.
"I want to thank the Vikings for giving me an opportunity to finish out my career here, which definitely means a lot to me and my family," Robison said. He was loose in a brief scrum with reporters, joking that he signed here because it's a good place to bass fish.
He also took the humor to Twitter, apologizing to Vikings fans as he announced his news.
Sorry Viking fans, but you have to put up with me for 4 more years pic.twitter.com/sv8G3P6ooY— Brian Robison (@Brian_Robison) October 9, 2013
A source close to the deal confirmed with 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson that it was a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $28 million.
Ian Rapoport, an NFL reporter, reported it's for $28.3 million, with an escalator clause for sacks.
With the chaotic quarterback situation fresh on his mind, head coach Leslie Frazier sounded relieved to have some stability on his team.
"As an organization, we're very pleased with the way Brian has performed from the day that we drafted him and the way he's conducted himself both on and off the field," head coach Leslie Frazier said at his normal . "He's been a tremendous asset to what we're trying to get accomplished, so it's an exciting time for us, exciting time for [him] and his family as well."
How important was it for the Vikings to get this deal done?
"Very important," Frazier said. "A number of our guys are going to be out of contract at the end of the season so to have Brian under contract, that's very important going forward and we're pleased that has happened and hopefully we'll get some of the other guys taken care of as well."
Robison was schedule to be one, too, but negotiations picked up during the Vikings' bye week and culminated with Wednesday's signing.
"Bottom line is, I told my agent at the beginning of the year that I didn't want to discuss it unless things got serious," Robison said. "I just wanted to concentrate on playing football. I know he's had contact with my wife and I think they've kind of been going back and forth for a while...me and my wife needed to sit down and decide if it was the right thing for our family and obviously that's what we found out."