Griffin Signs Contract Extension
March 23, 2009
The Minnesota Vikings have signed CB Cedric Griffin to a contract extension, it was announced today. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.
“We are glad to have Cedric as our right cornerback going forward,” said Vikings head coach Brad Childress. “He is an aggressive, physical, contact football player, whose best football is in front of him.”
Griffin, a 2nd-Round pick in 2006 out of Texas, has played a major role in providing run support from the secondary and helping establish the Vikings as the NFL’s top run defense in each of the last 3 seasons. He has started 38 of the 46 games he has played in with 223 total tackles, 170 solo tackles, 3 INTs, 42 passes defensed and 7 forced fumbles in his career.
“I’m definitely excited to get an extension done with the Vikings,” Griffin said. “I thank God for all I’ve been blessed with and thank my family for all the support they have given me to help me reach this point. I wanted to stay with the Vikings because I think we have an opportunity to continue building on what we have started there. I think the defense has gotten better every year and I just love the coaches there- Coach Childress, Coach Frazier and Joe Woods especially. I have a great respect for how Joe prepares us every week and love playing for him. There’s a real family atmosphere at the Vikings and a real feeling that people care about you.”
The 4th-year veteran is coming off a career season in 2008, when he led the Vikings secondary and ranked second on the team with 100 tackles, had 13 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles and 1 interception. He also recorded 4 solo tackles and had an interception in the 2008 NFC Playoffs against Philadelphia.
“We are going to get better every year on defense,” Griffin said. “We took a big step last year and I expect to improve again this year. It’s important to me to be thought of as a good tackler and good cover man. Our defense demands you be tough in run support and I enjoy that part of the game.”