Vikings Have Not Discussed Giving Everson Griffen The Franchise Tag

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) celebrates his sack against Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) in the second quarter Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) runs onto the field to play the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Everson Griffen, Jared Allen, Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings

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  • 3kolu

    With the franchise tag for DE’s approximately $12-13 million dollars, I’m absolutely convinced we should just sign him to a four-year deal. He would be looking at a four-year contract totaling $30 million with a $6 million dollar signing bonus, at $6.5 million a year and $15 million guaranteed, looks much better. This would be a more efficient way of attaining some key free agents.

  • David Mallow

    I dont think he is worth 6 million a year… he’s done nothing to earn that much…4 million a year tops