The Vikings lost the first of four unrestricted free agents they had targeted at one point this off-season to re-sign. Strong safety Robert Griffith joins a handful of other past Vikings in Cleveland after signing a four-year contract with the Browns.
Griffith's contract will reportedly pay him $15 million, including a $3 million signing bonus, although VU was told by a Cleveland source that Griffith was seeking more and that may have held up negotiations until Wednesday morning after all sides seemed focused on a quick resolution Tuesday. The free-agent money is very limited for many NFL teams this offseason, and that is one reason Griffith settled for less than he had expected, according to the source.
Besides reuniting Griffith with linebacker Dwayne Rudd and cornerback Corey Fuller, the move puts the strong safety back under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Foge Fazio, who was with the Vikings during much of Griffith's days with the team.
The Browns remain interested in linebacker Kailee Wong, as well, and that could put four former Vikings on the starting defense of the Browns.
Griffith Signs With Browns
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