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.