Sport Report: Griffen opts out of Vikings contract with 3 years left

16:56  20 february  2020
16:56  20 february  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Everson Griffen held up his part of the deal, and it's now given him the freedom to decide what happens in 2020. The four-time Pro Bowl pass rusher negotiated a clause into his contract with the Minnesota Vikings that allowed for the voiding of the final three years of his deal if two criteria were

Griffen signed a four- year , million extension in July 2017, later agreeing to a reduced base salary for 2019. He's now set to enter the second season of None of the remaining money is guaranteed, so Griffen may decide to void the contract , especially if he's worried the Vikings might release him later

Minnesota Vikings pass-rusher Everson Griffen has opted out of the final three years of his contract, ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports.

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Griffen earned the right to void his remaining years by meeting performance-related incentives in his deal: securing more than six sacks and playing more than 57% of defensive snaps during the 2019 season.

Though Griffen - who was set to count for $12.9 million against the cap in 2020 - could now enter the free-agent market, there's a belief that he will re-sign with the Vikings at a reduced price, according to Cronin.

Minnesota is currently $11 million over the salary cap, according to Over the Cap. Before reportedly opting out, Griffen's high cap figure made him a candidate to be cut.

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Griffen and the Vikings have reached an agreement for the defensive end to remain in Minnesota, Ian Rapoport of NFL This could mean Griffen took a pay cut to stick around, as he was otherwise under contract through 2022 Please check the opt -in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe.

Thankfully Griffen was apparently willing to restructure his contract . The move should provide some short-term salary cap relief for the team while allowing them to Pelissero also reported that Griffen now has a player option that allows him to void the last couple years of his deal if he meets minimum

The 10-year vet has spent his entire career with the Vikings. He's been named to the Pro Bowl four times, including in 2019.

Griffen missed five games during the 2018 campaign as he underwent treatment at a mental health facility after a number of incidents involving police and medical personnel.

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