The Minnesota Vikings and pass rusher Everson Griffen have reportedly restructured his contract, ensuring that he remains on the team for the 2019 season.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media broke this news on Thursday afternoon.
The #Vikings and pass-rusher Everson Griffen have struck a deal for him to remain on the team, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2019
Prior to this agreement, the Vikings were going to be on the hook for $10.9 million fully guaranteed. Now that’s no longer the case. Instead, he’ll earn roughly $8 million, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Everson Griffen's new deal with the #Vikings will pay him around $8 million in 2019, source said. He arrived to sign it just before the 3 p.m. Central deadline after which his previous $10.9M salary would've become guaranteed.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 14, 2019
Last season, Griffen spent time away from the team following a bizarre series of circumstances, after which he was arrested. He ended up appearing in 11 games, tallying 22 solo tackles and 5.5 sacks.
The former former fourth-round pick out of USC has started 73 games since 2010, racking up 63.5 sacks. Following his From 2014-17, he amassed 33.5 sacks. During that stretch, he signed a monster contract with the Vikings, which is the deal that is now being restructured to keep him in the fold.