Minnesota Vikings sign Everson Griffen to a 4-year extension

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Everson Griffen
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Everson Griffen /

The Minnesota Vikings are looking to make Everson Griffen a member of the Minnesota Vikings for the rest of his career with a four-year contract extension.

Everson Griffen is an integral component to a talented Minnesota Vikings defensive line. The Vikings look serious about keeping their defensive line strong for a long time to come. It was announced today by Ian Rapport of NFL.com that the Vikings have finalized a four-year extension to his existing contract that currently has two years left.

This is an extension that will likely make Griffen a member of the Minnesota Vikings for the rest of his NFL career, as he is currently 29-years-old.  Everson Griffen is coming off a another highly productive season statistically and a second consecutive pro bowl appearance. Last year he recorded 8.0 sacks and 36 tackles on the season. He is one of the leaders on a line that can make quarterbacks jobs a living nightmare.

Griffen has been very consistent the last three seasons for the Vikings. He started to really shine during the 2014 season where he compiled 12 sacks and 39 tackles. Griffen followed up 2014 by posting 10.5 sacks and 34 tackles in 2015. Additionally, he’s proved to be very durable only missing one regular season game during the past three season.

Consistency is not easy to find in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings want to lock in a player they can trust and know what they can expect from every game. The deal is worth $58M total. $34M is guaranteed money as reported in the following tweet by Ian Rapport.

Griffen’s Agent was pleased

Everson Griffen’s agent Brian Murphy is very pleased with the handling of his client. He release the following statement as reported by ESPN.com’s Ben Goessling.

"“We are very happy for Everson and thank Rob and Rick once again for working so hard to finalize a contract for a member of our Athletes First family. In light of the rising salary cap and exploding free agency market, we strongly believe that more veteran clients will be negotiating extensions with two years remaining on their contracts and applaud the Vikings for embracing this novel approach.”"

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This is a great deal for both parties. First, the Vikings locked up their stud defensive lineman. Second,Everson Griffen can play the game he loves without worrying about his future.