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Everson Griffen agrees to restructured contract to remain with Vikings

In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Denver. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Reis, File
In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Denver.

March 14, 2019 09:32 PM

The longest-tenured Viking is back for another season. Facing a 3 p.m. Central deadline on Thursday, defensive end Everson Griffen agreed to a restructured contract.

Our Darren 'Doogie' Wolfson first reported the news on Skor North radio (1500 AM), shortly before the deadline. Griffen was at the Vikings' practice facility in Eagan, and signed the contract around 2:55, per general manager Rick Spielman.

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To avoid becoming a cap casualty, Griffen agreed to drop his base salary from $10.9 to $6.4 million. His weekly roster bonuses went from $500K to $1.5 million. Griffen's cap hit was initially $11,743,750 and is now $7,431,250.

A source tells Wolfson that Griffen can become a free agent next March by reaching minimal performances bonuses.

Griffen missed five games last year, overcoming mental health issues. Spielman told KSTP that Griffen currently is in a great place, and wants to be a voice for others battling problems.

Griffen, 31, has totaled 66.5 sacks in 132 games with the Vikings. His best season was 2017 when he had 13 sacks. 

He was a 4th round draft choice by the Vikings in 2010.

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