After opting out of his current deal with the Minnesota Vikings in March, Everson Griffen still hasn’t been able to find a new team for the 2020 season.
There are been multiple rumors regarding teams who might be interested in signing the veteran defensive end. But nothing more than that and the 32-year-old Griffen is still without a job.
It’s still unclear exactly why he ended talks with the Vikings in March. Griffen has made plenty of money in his NFL career, so it’s hard to imagine that was the main issue.
He is coming off a Pro Bowl season, so maybe he wants to play for a team that can offer him a starting job. With Ifeadi Odenigbo moving up the ranks, Minnesota might have wanted Griffen to assume more of a part-time role for 2020 and that could have rubbed him the wrong way.
Could another former Minnesota Vikings player be headed to Seattle?
Among the teams who have been rumored to have interest in signing Griffen this offseason is the Seattle Seahawks. Conveniently, the former Vikings pass rusher also has an interest in suiting up for the Seahawks according to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson on Tuesday.
Aside from Griffen’s connection to current Seattle head coach Pete Carroll (his college coach), the Seahawks should always be included in the group of possible landing spots for former Minnesota players. Throughout the existence of the Vikings, they have seen multiple players suit up for Seattle after their time in the Twin Cities including Percy Harvin, John Randle, Warren Moon, Kevin Williams, Nate Burleson, and Carl Eller among others.
Despite Griffen’s reported interest in signing with the team, the Seahawks will likely be waiting on what happens with fellow free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and where he ends up. If Clowney doesn’t return to Seattle for 2020, they could turn to Griffen as an alternative.
Whoever Griffen ends up signing with though, it will be difficult for most Minnesota fans to see him put on another uniform. He has been a staple of the Vikings defense for almost a decade and to not see him riling up the entire team before a game will be something everyone will just have to, unfortunately, get used to.