Vikings Re-Sign Larry Dean, Agree to Terms With Cassel, Griffen

Updated: 03/11/2014 2:47 PM
Created: 03/11/2014 1:59 PM
By: Nick Tabbert

The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed linebacker Larry Dean and officially agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Cassel and defensive end Everson Griffen. The team announced the roster moves on Tuesday.

Dean joined the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2011. The Valdosta State graduate has played mostly on special teams, recording 48 career tackles.

KSTP reported Friday that Cassel would re-sign with the Vikings. Jason LaCanfora, online reporter for CBS, reported Cassel's new deal is for $10 million.

Cassel's initial two-year deal with the Vikings was for $7.4 million - and included an out-clause after last season, which Cassel chose to activate.

In 2013, Cassel appeared in nine games for the Vikings, including the final four games of the year. He started six games overall, coming on in relief of Christian Ponder three times - twice due to injury, once in a straight substitution.  

The Vikings went 4-3 in games when Cassel took a majority of snaps.

Cassel will be 32 at the start of the 2014 season.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS' Darren Wolfson reported Sunday that Griffen has agreed to 5-year, $42.5 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. 

Griffen, 26, registered 13 sacks over the past two seasons. He was a fourth round draft pick by the Vikings in 2010.

He posted a video on the Vikings' YouTube channel expressing his excitement about staying with the team.


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