Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Vikings locking up Everson Griffen on 4-year extension

Teddy Bridgewater on the sidelines last season. USA Today Sports file Teddy Bridgewater on the sidelines last season. USA Today Sports file
Melinda Barton | 27 July, 2017, 15:45

Griffen has totaled 273 tackles, 48 sacks, 71 tackles for loss, 281 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and one interception in his first seven seasons, the team says. "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".

At 29, Griffen is in the heart of the prime of his career.

Since becoming a full-time starter in 2014, Griffen started all 47 games he appeared in and recorded the fifth-most sacks in the National Football League with 30.5 during that span.

Other Vikings who could be candidates for extensions in the coming months include nose tackle Linval Joseph, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks and defensive end Danielle Hunter, Griffen's pass-rushing partner.

Over the past two years, the Pro Bowl defensive end has picked up 18.5 sacks.

He quickly established himself as the Vikings' most ferocious defensive linemen and one of the league's most criminally underrated players. The Pro Bowl cornerback is set to become a free agent after the season.

"Well, I'll anticipate and let you know if that comes true or not, " Spielman said. It shows me that they respect me more than [just as] a player and as a man, too.