Everson Griffen Won’t Re-Sign With Vikings

Everson Griffen and the Vikings are going their separate ways. On Friday, agent Brian Murphy released the following statement (Twitter link via Tom Pelissero of NFL.com). 

We have broken off talks with Minnesota because they have to spend their money elsewhere and we decided to now focus our attention on free agency,” said Murphy.

There has been mutual interest between the two sides, but the price tag proved to be prohibitive. One league source estimated that the 32-year-old is in line for a deal worth $8MM-$10MM, plus incentives.

His last deal – a four-year, $58MM extension signed in 2017 – was cut short when Griffen triggered his option to escape. But, had he stayed, there was no guarantee that the Vikings would have kept him. Given their current stance, it seems likely that he would have been released.

The former fourth-rounder has spent his entire career with the Vikings, earning four Pro Bowl nods in ten seasons. This past season, Griffen finished with 41 tackles, eight sacks, and an interception. Since 2011, he’s put up at least 5.5 sacks in every campaign.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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17 comments on “Everson Griffen Won’t Re-Sign With Vikings

  1. Michael Chaney

    At this point I have to assume that every former Viking or player at a position of need will end up with the Browns. He could theoretically be a fit opposite Garrett if they cut Vernon.

  2. mucha237

    Would like to see him in Cleveland. Has coaching ties and could give the browns D more explosive pass rushing.

  3. Whateverworks77

    I hope Cleveland as well. You have 2 big contracts in Hubbard and Vernon that you could ‘adjust’ and make it work

    • crb15

      Definitely need someone after losing Quinn. Griffen would be a good fit. Also would help the secondary with a good pass rusher, less time for the QB and for the DBs to have to cover.

    • bigfreddy2000

      No, Zimmerman is still in Minnesota. The guy who had the defensive coordinator title for Minnesota is now in Dallas.

  4. nentwigs

    Gee Vikings, thank you for your un-wavering and unconditional support of me during my time away from the team and the game due to my “mental health issues”.
    BUT WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY ??
    In the end it is all about the almighty BUCK

  5. Bdd1967

    Apparently the loyalty shown to this guy by the Vikings meant nothing. On the downside of your career…playing for a pretty good team…fan favorite…but I guess the dollar is what drives this guy. He’ll be lucky to get 5mil a year and highly unlikely he starts anywhere.

    • elscorcho the marlin
      elscorcho the marlin

      I’m sure you will eat your words on the estimated contract. Also, we live in a capitalist society. If you get in your feels, you’re left behind.

  6. yanks49erswolves

    Viking fans sounding a bit bitter! This was a known outcome that just became official. The Vikes will replace a former talented 4th rounder with another talented 4th rounder and save some dollars. A team like the Browns swoop in and get a needed pash rusher. Everyone wins.

    • nentwigs

      The patience, support and understanding giving by the Vikings and their fans during Griffin’s time away to deal with “mental health issues” should warrant a “hometown discount” !!

      • twentyforty

        Do people realize professional athletes really don’t care about winning or losing? These are jobs and only that. Just because the common man follows their professions reverently and obsessively doesn’t change that.

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