Griffen and the Vikings’ cap constraints
Everson Griffen has done the Vikings a favor by opting out of the rest of his deal, which now has them narrowly under the salary cap.
The problems Minnesota has regarding their financial issues this offseason are well documented. Some hard decisions will need to be made and the Vikings’ roster will likely have a different look to it by the time OTAs begin in the spring.
If Minnesota makes the necessary moves, then there is no reason to suspect they cannot offer Griffen an enticing contract that could ensure he ends his career in the Twin Cities.
Although this appears to be a long way off at this stage, one would hope Griffen will wait until the Vikings are in a position financially to offer a new deal given the loyalty shown to him during troubled times.
Griffen is expected to be highly sought after in free agency this year, so it would be a shock to see him jump at the first opportunity that presents itself. This gives Minnesota the necessary time to make the moves needed to free up some cap space and improve the roster heading into a very important 2020 season.
There is the possibility the Vikings may want to go younger and cheaper moving forward. This would be met with criticism from a Minnesota fanbase that has grown to love Griffen over the years. But it could make more sense with so many other needs taking priority for the team during the next few months.
This is another vital offseason decision the Vikings must get right if they are going to return to the playoffs in 2020.