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Vikings give DE Griffen 4-year contract extension

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) celebrates his sack during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Nov. 20, 2014. Brace Hemmelgarn / USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has sign a four-year extension to keep him in the Twin Cities for the foreseeable future.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport first reported the news on Wednesday morning via Twitter. Rapoport also reported that the deal is worth $58 million with $34 million in guarantees.

Griffen had two years left on his contract after signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract in 2014. He was set to make was set to make $6.9 million this season and $8.4 million next season.

A fourth-round pick out of USC in the 2010 NFL Draft, the 29-year-old Griffen has developed into one of the best defensive linemen in the league since becoming a full-time starter in 2014. He has recorded 30.5 sacks over the last three seasons, including 8.0 sacks last season.

Griffen will pair with up-and-coming defensive end Danielle Hunter to provide the Vikings with two solid bookends on their defensive line next season.

The Pioneer Press is a Forum News Service media partner.

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