The deal is a four-year extension worth $58 million with $34 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. His $14.5-million annual average value makes Griffen the NFL’s sixth highest-paid defensive end, according to Spotrac.
Griffen has plied his trade with the Vikings for seven seasons, racking up 234 total tackles and 48 sacks. He was handed a starting role in 2014 and has shined in the time since, compiling seasons of 12, 10.5, and eight sacks.
Entering the fourth year of a five-year, $42.5-million deal he signed ahead of the 2014 season, Griffen was scheduled to make more than $8 million this season and hit free agency in 2019.
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