Report: Everson Griffen to re-sign 'huge,' five-year deal with Vikings
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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Vikings have locked up defensive end Everson Griffen to a 'huge,' five-year deal to stay in Minnesota. The terms leaked out shortly after Rapoport's Tweet and Griffen will ink a deal that will guarantee him $20 million on a contract worth up to $42.5 million.
DE Everson Griffen is re-signing with the Vikings on a huge 5-year deal, per source— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2014
Griffen, 26, will remain with the Vikings, who drafted him in the fourth round (100th overall) in the 2010 draft. The versatile defensive end lined up across multiple spots in the Vikings' defensive line last year and should be an integral piece in the defensive scheme first-year coach Mike Zimmer will implement to try and fix one of the league's worst defenses from last season.
Coming off his rookie deal, Griffen never made more than $1 million per year in his first four seasons in Minnesota.
Griffen took a career-high 717 snaps (60 percent) for the Vikings last season (per ProFootballFocus.com) and should see a dramatic increase with an $8 million average per year payout to keep his services in Minnesota. The Vikings also extended 31-year-old Brian Robison in October and they'll have two defensive ends under contract in 2014.
Allen won't return
Allen, 32 in April, finished with 6.5 sacks across the Vikings' final five games last season. After making nearly $75 million in Minnesota since he was traded from Kansas City in 2008, Allen will test free agency for the first time in his 10-year career.