The Minnesota Vikings on Sunday agreed to re-sign Everson Griffen to a five year contract worth $42.5 million, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 26-year-old Griffen had eight sacks in 2012 and 5.5 in 2013.
The signing of Griffen means he will take over Jared Allen’s starting spot and Allen will leave the team as a free agent.
Allen’s agent, Ken Harris, confirmed to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that Allen will be leaving the Vikings after six seasons.
“He made his decision to narrow it down (Saturday) night after I had a final conversation with the club,” Harris wrote in an email to the Pioneer Press.
Allen, who joined the Vikings in 2008, made four Pro Bowls and was named first-time all-pro three times.