The full Everson Griffen details

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The Vikings recently signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a new contract, with two years left on his prior deal. The details are now in, per a source with knowledge of the contract.

Here they are:

1. Signing bonus of $2 million.

2. Fully-guaranteed roster bonus due July 29, 2017 of $5 million.

3. $1.9 million fully-guaranteed base salary for 2017.

4. Fully-guaranteed roster bonus due May 15, 2018 of $6 million.

5. $3.9 million base salary for 2018, guaranteed for injury only at signing, but fully-guaranteed on the third day of the 2018 league year.

6. $10.9 million base salary for 2019, guaranteed for injury only at signing, but fully-guaranteed on the third day of the 2019 league year.

7. $12.9 million base salary for 2020, $4.3 million base salary of which is guaranteed for injury only at signing. The $4.3 million becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2020 league year.

8. Non-guaranteed base salary of $13.4 million for 2021.

9. Non-guaranteed base salary of $14.9 million for 2022.

10. $100,000 workout bonuses for 2018 through 2022.

11. $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses for 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

As a practical matter, it’s a two-year deal that pays out $3.5 million more than Griffen would have made over the next two seasons, with most of the money fully guaranteed at signing. After 2018, it’s a year-to-year deal with injury guarantees for 2019 and 2020.

So he traded a shot at the open market in two years for an extra $3.5 million, another $15.2 million in injury protection beyond 2018, and two non-guaranteed years that tie him to the Vikings for a total of six years.

19 responses to “The full Everson Griffen details

  1. Been nice to watch this guy improve who he is today after being picked in the 4th round. a very similar career to B-rob, mid round pick and rotational guy his first couple years and develops into above avg starter. SKOL.

  2. I’m sure they made this deal now to help free up some money for some of their others young stars, like Rhodes. It must be tough to manage the salary cap on a team with so much talent.

  3. Griffen is 29 years old… this is a pretty good deal imo. He’s probably peaked talent-wise. Pretty doubtful he would’ve been cashing in some huge offer in 2 years at age 31.

    Great deal for the Vikings too. They locked him down for the rest of his prime and they can drop him whenever he declines.

  4. In reality, he took the money (hard to pass up at his age) and guarantees in exchange for no Superbowl ring which is also a guarantee given he is playing for the Vikings.

  5. Not sure I understand the urgency of this deal given he had 2 years, but my guess is it somehow helps with signing the pro bowl rookie contract guys like Rhodes and Barr while ensuring Griffen sticks around long term. Also shows the young guys if you work hard and commit the Vikes will keep you long term (Robison, Griffen). Unlike some other team in the North that seems to let guys go when they are due real money (Micah Hyde, T.J. Lang).

  6. The most amazing play I’ve ever seen was in 03 when Josh McCown completed a line drive Hail Mary to Nate Poole, who made a diving, toe-tapping catch in the corner of the end zone.

  7. Also, I’ll say it again to the cheese heads who tout their Super Bowl wins – you’ve had 2 HOF QBs for the past 20+ years and only 2 Super Bowl titles?? What is wrong with this picture??

  8. jbvikes says:
    Jul 29, 2017 7:23 PM

    Also, I’ll say it again to the cheese heads who tout their Super Bowl wins – you’ve had 2 HOF QBs for the past 20+ years and only 2 Super Bowl titles?? What is wrong with this picture??
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    Get back to me when your lavender lovelies develop a HOF QB and win a couple of Super Bowls. But please, stop sniveling in the meantime.

  9. ariani1985 says:
    Jul 29, 2017 12:24 PM
    so nice to be stocking young talent! meanwhile in green bay that are stocking more fake stock for the sheep!

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    I guess a guy who will be 30 years old before this season ends is considered “young talent” when the best player the franchise has ever had was 40.

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