Everson Griffen on possible return to Vikings: ’Never say never’

(Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) Everson Griffen
(Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) Everson Griffen /

After spending the last 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Everson Griffen is a free agent for the first time ever this year.

Coming off a 2019 campaign that resulted in his fourth trip to the Pro Bowl, Griffen is looking to further his current career in the NFL. It’s unsure exactly what sort of role he’s looking to have with a team next season, but remaining a starter is likely what he’s hoping for.

It’s been almost a month though since Griffen voided his contract with the Vikings and decided to enter free agency. He said his goodbye to his longtime team in a recent Instagram post, but apparently there’s still a chance he could return to Minnesota this year.

Everson Griffen doesn’t rule out a return to the Minnesota Vikings

Despite his post on Instagram indicating that his career with the Vikings is over, Griffen recently told NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, “never say never,” when it comes to re-signing with his longtime team.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if this ended up actually happening. Griffen probably assumed he would have a job somewhere by now, but he’s yet to be signed and it’s getting to the point where he’s likely going to take whatever offer he can get to remain in the NFL.

The Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks apparently had an interest in adding the veteran defensive end to their roster this year according to multiple reports. But both the Browns and Seahawks recently made roster moves related to their defensive line that seems to indicate Griffen is no longer someone they’re looking to pursue.

If he were to return to Minnesota for next season, his salary and playing time would probably be much lower than he would prefer. But the familiarity with the defense, the locker room, and the city could be what ultimately results in Griffen pushing his pride to the side and re-signing with the Vikings this year.

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Minnesota and their fans would love to see one of their favorite defensive ends back in a purple and gold uniform. And at this point, a return to the Vikings would make the most sense for Griffen.