Vikings’ Everson Griffen To Opt Out

Everson Griffen informed the Vikings that he will opt out of his contract, according to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. The defensive end could have remained on his deal for another three years, but he achieved two statistical benchmarks that allowed him to split and he’s taking advantage of it. 

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Griffen’s pact allowed him to opt out by notching six or more sacks (he had eight) and playing in at least 57% of the snaps (he hit 78%). Griffen’s opt-out will give the Vikes roughly $13MM in cap room with just $800K left in dead money.

It’s still possible that the edge rusher will return to Minnesota, but he’ll first explore his options on the open market. This was the expected route. Besides, even if had Griffen stayed on his current deal, he would have been a candidate for release.

Griffen bounced back from his 2018 rough patch as he earned his fourth career Pro Bowl trip last year. He also graded out as the No. 26 ranked edge rusher in the league (tied with Trent Murphy), per Pro Football Focus. That slotted him ahead of notables like Melvin Ingram III, Dee Ford, Dante Fowler Jr., and Yannick Ngakoue.

Griffen, for his part, has said that he would like to stay in Minnesota. Still, a big offer could lure him away from the only pro team he’s ever known.

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9 comments on “Vikings’ Everson Griffen To Opt Out

  1. Freddie Morales

    Jets sign him and he goes back on the deal and stays with the Vikings?

  2. nentwigs

    So as it stands at this absolute moment in time; the Vikings are now UNDER the cap for 2020??

    • norsehawk8

      @Wade Herbers – Why would he opt out, then be willing to sign back for a lesser deal?

      • Wade Herbers

        When he finds out the demand isn’t there and he can stay for similar $$$ The article clearly states its possible. He knew he was getting cut or needing to restructure anyhow.

        • monymgr

          I tend to agree. Can’t hurt to check out the market knowing you can still come back if not overwhelmed with an offer by a new team.

    • roddy1018

      I’d say an option for Seattle even if they sign Clowney. They need all the pass rush help they can get

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