Everson Griffen gets huge 4-year, $58 million extension from Vikings after back-to-back Pro Bowls

Everson Griffen may not be the first name that comes to mind when elite pass rushers are discussed, but now he’ll be paid like one of the elite sack artists of the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings announced an extension for Griffen on Wednesday and, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it will average $14.5 million per season.

Rapoport says it’s a four-year, $58 million extension for Griffen with $34 million in guarantees. The veteran defensive end was under contract through the 2018 season, so the extension will now keep him in Minnesota through 2022, which could mean Griffen ends his NFL career with the team. That’s Griffen’s plan.

Griffen, 29, earned the extension with back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons in the last two years. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft, but didn’t step in as a full-time starter until 2014 when he re-signed in Minnesota on a five-year, $42.5 million contract.

If [the] NFL wishes to continue to support research at NIH, a simple donation to the NIH Gift Fund to support research on sports medicine would be favorably viewed, as long as the terms provided broad latitude in decisions about specific research programs.

Wednesday, Democrats from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to Roger Goodell asking how the league would follow through with its commitment to the NIH.

In a statement via ESPN, the NFL responded saying it was engaged in constructive discussions with the NIH’s fundraising arm regarding potential new research projects and the remaining funds of our $30 million commitment.

Based on the NIH’s statement, and what spokesman John Burklow told ESPN’s Outside the Lines in June, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

If you asked me what happened with the agreement, there’s no action that I’m aware of. So it ends in August, he said. … I have not heard of any plans to use the remaining funds.

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