Vikings offered Everson Griffen extension, but it 'wasn't in ballpark'
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- One Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman got extended on Wednesday, another admitted he received an offer that wasn't substantial enough for his side.
Defensive end Brian Robison received a four-year extension worth around $28 million on Wednesday. After practice, defensive end Everson Griffen congratulated his teammate and spoke about his own situation as a free agent in 2014.
"You can control what you can control, that's out of my hands," Griffen said. "They gave me an offer, but it wasn't in the ballpark...we're just working on it right now."
Griffen, 25, is one of five defensive linemen who entered this season on the last leg of their contracts. With Robison's deal done, defensive tackles Fred Evans and Kevin Williams are left, along with defensive end Jared Allen.
Griffen wouldn't say when he turned down the deal, but a source confirmed to 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson that talks have been silent between the two parties for at least a couple of weeks.
Coming off a career-high eight sacks last season, Griffen was pegged by many to have a breakout season this year. He hasn't quite lived up to the high expectations, but continues to be an integral role in the Vikings defense, spelling both Robison and Allen on the line while also taking reps as the nickel one-technique.
By Griffen's admission, the Vikings are trying to secure their relatively younger linemen, Griffen being the youngest behind Evans (29), Robison (30), Allen (31) and Williams (33).