The Vikings are scheduled to lose two of their best defensive ends to free agency this year. Both Jared Allen and Everson Griffen are currently on track to hit free agency and test the market.
There was some speculation that the Vikings might use their franchise tag on one of them in order to keep them in Minnesota, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for the young pass rush specialist, Everson Griffen.
According to Marc Sessler on Twitter, he spoke with new head coach Mike Zimmer of the Vikings, and he said they “haven’t talked about tags at all” when it comes to Griffen. Minnesota would likely love to lock him up to a long term deal, but the demand for a good pass rusher is driving his price up very high. While the Vikings have the cap room to throw around this year, they have many needs that must be addressed.
Minnesota will need to find a starting defensive end this offseason, but whether or not it will be Griffen is yet to be seen.