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Report: Vikings, Everson Griffen Finalizing Contract Extension

Many of us were expecting some contract extension news today.

Well, we got it. But it’s not exactly the news we were expecting.

NFL.com Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the Minnesota Vikings and Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen are finalizing a “massive” contract extension that would likely keep Griffen in purple and gold for the rest of his career.

As Rapoport points out, Griffen has two years left on the 5-year, $42 million deal that he signed prior to the 2014 season. His current cap hit of $8.2 million in 2017 is third-highest on the Vikings.

Griffen is a two-time Pro Bowler (2015 and 2016) and has recorded 30.5 sacks in the last three seasons. His leadership and versatility have been a cornerstone of the drastic defensive improvement led by head coach Mike Zimmer since the 2013 season.

This contract extension will have several implications moving forward. The Vikings have a handful of young players that will be due for extensions in the next couple of years, including Anthony Barr, Stefon Diggs, Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter and whichever of Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford winds up as the quarterback of the future.

Griffen’s extension could be a way for the Vikings to brace for those extensions. Vikings salary cap guru Rob Brzezinski may have worked to front load Griffen’s new deal so that the “massive” portion that Rapoport referred to is within this season and next season. This would create additional room for extensions that the Vikings will need to hand out in the near future.

In the meantime, Griffen gets paid like one of the best defensive ends in the NFL — which is exactly what he is. Remember when we were all upset about how the Vikings overpaid for Griffen after letting Jared Allen go following the 2013 season? Because I certainly don’t remember that.

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Drew Mahowald

Drew Mahowald is a student at Saint John's University (MN) majoring in Media Communication. He proclaims himself as the number one fan of Little Caesars pizza and Jim Kleinsasser. The first Vikings game Drew remembers watching is the 41-0 blowout loss to the Giants in the 2000 NFC Championship game. Despite this, he has developed a deep knowledge and passion for the team. When he isn't writing about the Vikings, Drew is usually out golfing with friends or eating Little Caesar's pizza. You can find more of his work at CanisHoopus.com, the SB Nation affiliate Minnesota Timberwolves blog, or on Twitter at @DrewMahowald.

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4 Comments

  1. You mean I get to keep wearing the same jersey to the sports bar for at least four more years. That’s a record for me. I would like to thank the Vikings organization and Everson Griffen for all of his hard work. You deserve it.

    1. Jeff – I feel your pain man. My lone jersey remaining, ironically, is Stefon Diggs … and I’m pretty sure it was the first one made not owned by his family haha. – BJ

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