The renegotiated contract that Brian Robison said was a possibility at the end of the 2016 season has become a reality.
Robison signed a one-year extension, through 2018, with the Minnesota Vikings that will cut his base salary by $1.4 million – from $5.3 million to $3.9 million in 2017 – but gets another year on his deal and his 2017 base salary guaranteed, as ESPN first reported Friday morning.
Robison admitted a pay cut was a possibility after the 2016 season.
“That’s something that I’ll have to sit down and talk with my family, and if that happens that will be a conversation we have down the road,” Robison said. “Right now, I’m just ready to relax, go home, get some fishing in and get back to training here pretty soon.”
In 2018, he will have a base salary of $3.2 million with $1.25 million of that guaranteed, according to ESPN, and $200,000 per-game roster bonuses. That means his new two-year contract is for $7.5 million over two years with $5.15 million guaranteed.
The Vikings now have nearly $19 million in salary-cap space, according to NFL Players Association records.
Robison also acknowledged after the season that young defensive end Danielle Hunter should be given an opportunity to compete for a starting job, although Robison said he isn’t just going to give up his starting spot.
In addition to having Robison, Hunter and Everson Griffen returning at the position, the Vikings signed free agent Datone Jones, who could also factor into the rotation there and at defensive tackle.