Why Everson Griffen deserves right to decide own NFL future

(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) Everson Griffen
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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Everson Griffen
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Everson Griffen /

Griffen’s outstanding production

Everson Griffen has been the heart and soul of the Vikings defense over the years. He has developed from a situational pass-rusher into one of the most feared defensive linemen in the NFL.

A lot of this can be attributed to this strong relationship with current Minnesota co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson. He has worked wonders with Griffen and this may also play a considerable role in the defensive end’s thought process heading into contract talks.

The Vikings gambled on Griffen’s potential when they selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. This has paid off with him appearing in 147 regular season games for the organization and he has become a massive asset both on and off the field.

During his time with Minnesota, Griffen has amassed 351 total tackles and 74.5 sacks, with his single-season career-best standing at 13 sacks during the 2017 campaign.

Players with the passion, heart, and desire Griffen possesses are hard to find and they usually come from a high draft pick or big trade. He has benefited significantly from having a premier pass-rusher like Danielle Hunter alongside him to take away attention. This has reinvigorated his career when his future appeared to possibly be in doubt.

The former USC standout is 32-years-old, but it is evident he still has plenty of mileage left. Whether Griffen will want to spend the rest of his career with the Vikings or opt for a new challenge is a pivotal decision for both him and the organization.