Vikings reach extension with Sullivan

The Vikings have added one year and new money onto John Sullivan’s contract.

The Minnesota Vikings have a reached a contract extension with center John Sullivan, the team confirmed Tuesday.

The new deal adds another year on Sullivan’s contract, which was scheduled to go through the 2016 season, and additional money.

Now Sullivan’s deal will go through 2017, with bases salaries of $7 million this year and $5.5 million in each of the next two seasons, according to ESPN. It will increase his salary this year by $2.35 million and by $850,000 next year.

Since joining the Vikings as a sixth-round draft pick in 2008, Sullivan has been a full-starter in each season but his rookie year. He hasn’t missed a game since 2011, despite suffering a concussion last year, and has started 93 of 109 regular-season games in his career, along with 3 of 4 playoff games.

“Thank you to the Minnesota Vikings for putting their faith in me as a person and football player. The Vikings have been with me through professional highs and lows, and have stood by my side and supported me through personal hardships,” Sullivan said in a statement. “My ability to express the true depth of my gratitude comes from my actions on and off the field. I intend on doing absolutely everything I can to ensure we attain our ultimate goal of a Super Bowl championship on the field, and that I live my life in a way that is commensurate with that championship standard off the field. One of the most exciting aspects of signing this extension is the trajectory of the organization. We have a talented roster, a state of the art facility on the horizon and the best fan base in the NFL. After a year with coach Zimmer at the helm, I couldn't be more excited about our team's future. Now, it falls on us as players to fulfill our potential and to execute and I intend on making sure that happens.”

Last year, he started all 16 games. On the final game of the season vs. Chicago, he surpassed Jeff Christy into fourth place for franchise starts at center.

He has been an integral, foundational part of the Vikings’ offensive line and signed a five-year, $25.1 million extension in December 2011. His one-year extension now adds $3.2 million onto his current contract and extends his contract through the 2017 season.

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