Failing to re-sign Griffen
After agreeing to take a pay cut last year, a number of people felt like the 2019 season could potentially be Everson Griffen’s last with the Vikings. Well, judging by everything that’s happened so far this offseason, it appears as though Griffen’s time in Minnesota is likely over.
Back in February, the veteran defensive end decided to void his current deal with the Vikings. The decision made him a free agent for the first time in his NFL career, but most assumed he would just re-sign with Minnesota.
That was at least the thought process until Griffen made a post on his Instagram account in March that said he was ending negotiations with the Vikings.
There have been no real signs since then that the veteran pass rusher could potentially return to Minnesota other than he and the team giving the old, “never say never,” statement.
It’s unfortunate that the Vikings and Griffen haven’t been able to work out a new contract to bring him back for the upcoming season. Even at 32-years-old, he could still provide Minnesota with some useful snaps as either a starter or a reserve in 2020.
Without Griffen on the roster, the Vikings’ defensive end depth behind Danielle Hunter and Ifeadi Odenigbo is pretty concerning. If either of these two suffers a significant injury in 2020, Minnesota’s pass-rushing production could potentially be the worst it’s ever been since Mike Zimmer became the team’s head coach.