An attempt to re-sign the pass rusher was reportedly made by the Minnesota Vikings.
A year after generating a total of 35 quarterback pressures and racking up eight sacks to go along with a trip to the Pro Bowl, most would assume that former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen would have received a bunch of interest from around the NFL in free agency this offseason.
Well, the interest apparently hasn’t been a problem for Griffen this year. Numerous teams have reportedly inquired about Griffen this offseason including the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Las Vegas Raiders, and Green Bay Packers according to KSTP’s Darren Wolfson.
However, none of this interest has translated into an actual contract getting signed by Griffen. But that was not the only intriguing bit of news Wolfson recently reported.
Vikings Rumors: Everson Griffen had an offer to return to the Twin Cities
In addition to revealing the teams who have looked into signing the veteran pass rusher this year, Wolfson also reported that the Vikings have made a contract offer to Griffen since he became a free agent back in March.
He added that the offer was a low one, but an attempt to re-sign the defensive end this offseason was still made by Minnesota.
For those holding out hope for Griffen to eventually re-join the Vikings this year, this report is a positive one. It shows that Minnesota is still willing to bring the veteran pass rusher back for the upcoming season, it just has to be at the right price.
With the Vikings freeing up a bit more cap space this year due to defensive tackle Michael Pierce opting out for the season, perhaps they would now be more willing to increase their offer in order to get Griffen to re-sign.
At some point, the former Minnesota defensive end will need to take whatever potential contract is being presented to him if he wants to play during the upcoming 2020 season.
The Vikings and the rest of the NFL will be stepping on the field for their Week 1 game in about a month. So if Griffen wants to be doing the same, signing with a team will need to happen in the very near future.