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Updated: March 9th, 2014 12:31pm
Report: Everson Griffen to re-sign 'huge,' five-year deal with Vikings

Report: Everson Griffen to re-sign 'huge,' five-year deal with Vikings

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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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.


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

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported what was widely assumed -- Jared Allen won't be returning to Minnesota. 

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. 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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