12:41pm: The five-year deal is worth $42.5MM and includes $20MM guaranteed, tweets ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
12:38pm: Griffen’s deal will pay him in the upper-echelon of pass-rushers over the first three seasons, per Rapoport (via Twitter).
A third-round pick from USC in 2010, Griffen has 17.5 sacks in four seasons with Minnesota. He’s played in all 16 games each of the last three years, but started only one contest.
We passed along a link earlier this month that Griffen “badly” wanted to return to Minnesota and that talks were ongoing between the two sides. With Jared Allen set to test the open market and unlikely to return, Griffen becomes the Vikings’ premiere pass rusher.
ProFootballFocus.com rated Griffen as the No. 19 4-3 defensive end in 2013 (subscription required).