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Griffen gets $20 million guaranteed, $13 million on signing


Now that the Vikings have opted to keep defensive end Everson Griffin, the numbers suggest that they won’t be able or inclined to keep Jared Allen.

With Brian Robison already signed to a four-year, $22 million deal, Griffen has a five-year, $42 million contract.  Per a league source, Griffen gets $13 million fully guaranteed at signing.  Another $7 million that is currently guaranteed for injury only becomes fully guaranteed next March.

So Griffen gets $13 million for one year or $20 million for two.  And, of course, $42 million for five.

The Vikings paid Jared Allen $73 million over six years after trading for him in 2008.  He played out the entire deal, and he’ll now undoubtedly sign with another team.

The move also takes the Vikings out of play for the other defensive ends who expect to be paid big money.

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45 Responses to “Griffen gets $20 million guaranteed, $13 million on signing”
  1. aa1829 says: Mar 9, 2014 3:14 PM

    I don’t know, maybe the Pack should sign him to a short contract just to aggravate the queens.

  2. thevikesarebest says: Mar 9, 2014 3:15 PM

    The Vikings are one of the most talented teams in the NFL.when we draft our qb.we will take over the NFC north from the pathetic cheeseheads.SKOL

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 9, 2014 3:19 PM

    This should solidify MN’s ironclad grip on last place – for the 4th time in 5 years.

    What a decade.

  4. meatcarroll says: Mar 9, 2014 3:20 PM

    That Jared Allen trade was a home run for Minny.

  5. jacobslatter says: Mar 9, 2014 3:21 PM


  6. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 9, 2014 3:26 PM

    Gee Brian Robison should get a raise from last year’s deal that has just transformed today from a good deal to a screw job.

  7. backdapack4evr says: Mar 9, 2014 3:27 PM

    Keep signing the same players that helped you miss the playoffs for 7 years straight!!

  8. keepongronking says: Mar 9, 2014 3:30 PM

    let the dominance begin.SKOL

  9. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 9, 2014 3:32 PM

    It sounds like Tampa will get Johnson, then?

  10. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 9, 2014 3:43 PM

    Spielman must be feeling lucky.

  11. shaggytoodle says: Mar 9, 2014 3:46 PM

    So much for signing Michael Bennett, all though he wants to play for a winner I’m assuming.

  12. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 9, 2014 3:47 PM

    You certainly wouldn’t want the centerpiece of your 31st ranked D slip away.

    In fact, I don’t think Eddie Lacy wins rookie of the year without Everson Griffen and his matador defense.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 9, 2014 3:49 PM

    The Jared Allen trade was not a home run. Upon further review the ball sailed foul. They missed, and that counts for zero as a score; close but no blunt.

  14. daltongang1 says: Mar 9, 2014 3:55 PM

    13 million singing bonus for a career backup? No wonder they finished last in their division.

  15. osiris33 says: Mar 9, 2014 3:59 PM

    Allen will sign with the Seahawks, Johnson with Tampa & then Bennett will get stuck with the leftovers & end up in Oakland for less than Seahawks already offered him. Maybe Costco wasn’t such a bad deal after all.

  16. seatownballers says: Mar 9, 2014 4:06 PM

    Lost j Allen, only to pay Griffen? Lol

  17. thegreatjimbrown says: Mar 9, 2014 4:06 PM

    “The Vikings are one of the most talented teams in the NFL”

    Well, there’s an aging RB who is starting to have injury issues, an aging WR who has been having injury issues, a young unproven WR that has potential, not much at TE or at CB.

    And, missing the main ingredient, a QB. “When we draft our QB.” Try again, Minny.Maybe you’ll get one. You missed out on Kappy when you took Ponder.

  18. deltaoracle says: Mar 9, 2014 4:40 PM

    That silence you hear is from the posters who were chirping earlier about the Packers overpaying Sam Shields.

  19. threedeep1998 says: Mar 9, 2014 4:42 PM

    Pack fans shouldn’t talk smack on Griffen. Every time Vikings play you he gives Rodgers headaches. 3 sacks against GB in Week 17 in 2012 stands out to me.

  20. squishman says: Mar 9, 2014 4:43 PM

    At CB, we have up-and-comer 1st rounder Xavier Rhodes. He was coming on strong the last several games last year. At TE, we have Kyle Rudolph who could be top 5 in the league. If not top 5, top 10 easy.

  21. gbmickey says: Mar 9, 2014 4:55 PM

    And to think the queen posters said we overpaid for Shields? Lets look at Griffen’s accomplishments if you can call them that. He had a whopping total of 5 sacks and 27 tackles last year. For his 4 year career it is 17 sacks and 85 tackles. That brings his yearly average to 4 sacks and 20 tackles and they are going to pay him 42 million? That is just too funny. I guess spieladope has to justify his terrible drafting by pulling the wool over the rubes in minnihaha by paying him like he was some irreplaceable player. Listening to the purple posters here and their GM has them following like lemmings. No wonder that team is in the cellar.

  22. deltaoracle says: Mar 9, 2014 5:05 PM

    Contract should guarantee him at least the second start of his pro career.

  23. jermainewiggins says: Mar 9, 2014 5:15 PM

    Ppl bashin the jared allen trade just bc we didnt win a sb. Thats easy to say in hindsight but the man led the league in sacks since he was drafted

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 9, 2014 5:20 PM

    I still remember Eddie Lacy running down Highway 29 (Xavier Rhodes) on his way to another big gain. That was funny.

  25. cantonbound13 says: Mar 9, 2014 5:20 PM

    Lol, Spielman! I feel bad for Viking fans, I watched Spielman destroy my Dolphins, now he’s at it again.

  26. golforepar says: Mar 9, 2014 5:21 PM

    You got to admit Griffen is one the top 2nd stringers in the NFL!

  27. wafflestomp says: Mar 9, 2014 5:39 PM

    Hilarious…..please keep signing members of that horrible defense. 31st ranked, I believe.

    And the truly funny part are the Viking fans slapping each other on the back because of it.

  28. axlviking says: Mar 9, 2014 5:41 PM

    How ’bout some love for Griffen? We’re all quick to bash the NFL players who come into the league with “character issues.” Griffen was labeled as one of those guys the year he was drafted.
    Kudos to Griffen for showing it’s possible to grow up…and when you grow up, ya get paid!

  29. spliff219 says: Mar 9, 2014 5:42 PM

    hell yea. Over Paid. Now hopefully my bears grab up M Johnson

  30. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 9, 2014 5:44 PM

    I read this and laughed so hard. Guy has started one game in four years!

    Typical Vikings.

  31. purpleguy says: Mar 9, 2014 6:30 PM

    Let the dopes criticize this signing all they want — it’s a good signing for a young player that fits the system. Fans should check the FA player ratings articles before they criticize this signing, although that would require rudimentary reading. Ran into him at the airport Saturday of all things as he was getting set to visit other teams — thought he was gone.

  32. luz56 says: Mar 9, 2014 8:33 PM

    Griffen is a better baller than Robison… Love the talent and this guy will dominate..

  33. admiralgeneralaladeen says: Mar 9, 2014 8:38 PM

    Just because a D is ranked 31st doesn’t mean everyone is bad. Griffen over the past two seasons has been a top 20 DE according to PFF as a situational pass rusher. This reminds me of when the Vikings gave Robison big money as a situational DE and let Ray Edwards walk. Ray Edwards was out of the league within a year and Robison has been a top 15 DE in the league the past 2 years.

    I swear way too many members of this website have an IQ below 40.

  34. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 9, 2014 9:00 PM

    I was hoping they could sign Michael Johnson and still keep Griffen, but not with this kind of contract. Zimmer must really like what he’s seen of Griffen to prefer him to Johnson. Should be interesting to see how he develops now.

  35. banlarson says: Mar 9, 2014 9:02 PM

    I wouldn’t count the Vikings out of the Johnson sweepstakes just yet. Griffin did spent training camp in 2012 as an OLB so they could get him and Allen on the field together, so depending on the defensive scheme Zimmer implements, we could see the Vikings take a shot at Johnson and use Griffin as a OLB and move him to DE and Johnson to DT on passing downs. There is cap space for a guy like Johnson and a CB like Alterraun Verner. That would leave QB, OG, and another LB as draft needs.

  36. banlarson says: Mar 9, 2014 9:04 PM

    Or it could just show the Vikings are looking at Mack in the 1st round, a QB in the 2nd and best available with the 2 3rds.

  37. gbmickey says: Mar 9, 2014 9:19 PM

    threedeep1998 says:
    Mar 9, 2014 4:42 PM

    Pack fans shouldn’t talk smack on Griffen. Every time Vikings play you he gives Rodgers headaches. 3 sacks against GB in Week 17 in 2012 stands out to me.

    If Rodgers gets a headache going 7-1 since Griffen has been playing the Vikings must feel like they got a prostate exam going against Rodgers.

  38. cags777 says: Mar 9, 2014 9:39 PM

    Amazing how much trolling from Packers fans goes on when it’s a signing of Everson Griffin. What is it with you guys being more obsessed with a team that went 5-10-1 last year? Shouldn’t you be harping on Ted Thompson to find better protection for your quarterback – who you NEED healthy in order to legitimately when games without assistance from refs?

  39. khmer379 says: Mar 9, 2014 9:43 PM

    Don’t worry packers and seahawks troll well be fine keep hating well sweep the packers and win the north with our defense laugh now appreciate me later

  40. monctonvike says: Mar 9, 2014 11:01 PM

    I don’t think this is a bad signing. He might be getting a bit of a rich deal but Allen was not coming back. Griffen has flashed when given the opportunity. I think he has earned the right to be competing to be the starter.

    The vikes might wan to trade back in the draft and acquire more picks they need help with safety, db and a LG. I think they might trade back up in the first or second round and grab Mccarron

    They will be outside for two years when they hired Zimmer they must be thinking of a three year plan. They seem to want to stay young .

    …just how I see it

  41. kmartinson says: Mar 9, 2014 11:33 PM

    Please keep Spielman–you can’t make this stuff up…..very entertaining.

  42. tangysizzl says: Mar 10, 2014 2:05 AM

    There are a lot of childish people on this site that’s for sure.

    I actually think this was a good signing for the Vikes as much as I hate to admit it. Contract may have been a little steep but hes being paid for future play, not what hes done in the past. They let him get to the market and paid more than they wanted to im sure but they kept him that’s what matters.

    Actually thought he would fit in nicely at OLB in a 3-4 defense, maybe they use him that way sometimes.

  43. whatjusthapped says: Mar 10, 2014 8:38 AM

    This is great news, for the other 31 teams.

    To build a contending team (something that the Vikings have NOT been in years), you need to manage the salary cap so by handing out huge contracts to run of the mill players, the Vikings have preciously little left over to sign anybody else.

    Even worse is how they handled their QB situation. They had such terrible QB play last season that the coaching staff was fired. The Rick Spielman solution was to bring back Cassel at even a higher salary, how much sense does that make? None is the answer and yet the Viking fans wonder why they finish in last place.

  44. hazelmn says: Mar 10, 2014 2:28 PM

    This was a no-brainer. Griffen is entering his prime at 26, Allen is past his prime at 32. Anyone who has actually watched Griffen play knows that he has some incredible physical skills. If you were to redraft the 2010 NFL draft, he would definitely be 1st round, and 1st rounders routinely get $20 million guaranteed.

  45. blacktopper87 says: Mar 10, 2014 3:58 PM

    Griffen will be a BEAST playing full time. Nothing against Allen but it was a good move.

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