Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a five-year contract worth $42.5 million, including $20 million in guaranteed money.
The 26-year-old Griffen had eight sacks in 2012 as he filled in both end spots and rushing from a defensive tackle spot on third downs.
Griffen also had a key interception and touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the 2012 season that boosted the Vikings’ playoff chances.
Griffen also secured the Vikings’ first victory of 2013 by sacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, forcing a fumble that ended Pittsburgh’s potential game-tying drive in Week 4.
However, the 6-3 Griffen only had 5.5 sacks in 2013 despite getting considerable playing time for his role as a nickel rusher.
Griffen got 2.5 of his sacks in the final two games of the season, long after the Vikings had been eliminated from playoff contention.
In four seasons with the Vikings, Griffen had 85 combined tackles and 17.5 sacks.