Vikings keep Griffen, part ways with Allen
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer both felt the team's priority this offseason was to improve a defense that ranked next-to-last in the NFL in yards allowed last season. They got a jump start on Sunday, two days before free agency officially begins. Defensive end Everson Griffen agreed to a five-year, $42.5 million deal to re-sign with the team, according to three NFL sources. The Vikings also brought back linebacker Jasper Brinkley, who was drafted by the team in 2009, on a one-year deal. Griffen's signing will mark the end of defensive end Jared Allen's career in Minnesota. The two sides mutually parted ways, according to ...