Top 5 Vikings defensive pressure leaders since 2018

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter
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3. Everson Griffen – DE

Snaps with pressure since 2018 = 3.78 percent

In March, Everson Griffen took to social media to thank the Vikings organization and fans alike for a memorable 10-year run with the team. He currently remains unsigned as a free agent, but he has still expressed the desire to continue playing in the NFL.

Griffen’s journey to becoming a starting defensive end for Minnesota is akin to Adam Thielen’s in the sense he clambered his way up the depth chart over the course of a few years. Initially, Griffen could not supplant Jared Allen for the starting spot. But who on earth could really do that?

Since 2012, Griffen has accounted for 74.5 sacks, which ranks 10th in the NFL during the timeframe. Since 2018, he was able to generate 54 pressures while being on the field for 1,432 of the Vikings’ defensive snaps.

It is not implausible to speculate he might still return to Minnesota for the 2020 season. But his farewell address would need to basically be forgotten about to do so.