15 worst Minnesota Vikings free agent signings of all-time

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Michael Griffin
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S. 2016. Michael Griffin. 14. player. 60.

Michael Griffin spent the first nine years of his NFL career as a member of the Tennessee Titans. He was a solid player for multiple seasons in a Titans uniform, but the team opted to release him in 2016.

At 31-years-old, Griffin was in need of a new team. And that’s when the Vikings decided to give him a call.

Griffin and Minnesota were able to agree to a one-year contract, worth $2.5 million. The Vikings were hoping that the veteran would be a great player to pair with safety Harrison Smith in their defensive backfield.

Well, Minnesota never got to find out how well Griffin and Smith would work together because the former Titans safety never even made it to the regular season.

Griffin hurt his back during the preseason and it resulted in the Vikings waiving him with an injury designation. A few weeks later, he signed a deal to play for the Carolina Panthers.

As was the case for a bunch of players on this list, the hope for Griffin in Minnesota was a lot more exciting than what actually ended up happening during his short tenure with the team.