WEDNESDAY, 5:37pm: Griffin and the Vikings reached an injury settlement, sending the veteran safety into free agency, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com tweets. Griffin injured his back in late August.
SATURDAY, 5:07pm: The Vikings announced that they’ve actually placed Griffin on IR, but could presumably release him with a settlement.
SATURDAY, 1:00pm: The Vikings quest to get down to 53 will include the release of a veteran safety. Michael Griffin, who just joined the Vikings this offseason, has been cut. Griffin wrote the following on Instagram (sic):
“Just want to thank the @vikings organization for the opportunity and want to wish them the best the Season. Thanks for memories and friendships that will never be broken.”
At the age of 31, Griffin is not the player he once was. He still managed to start 14 games for Tennessee last season, accruing 65 tackles, one interception, and one sack. He was not expected to be a focal point of Minnesota’s secondary, but he apparently didn’t do enough to make the team this summer.
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