How Ifeadi Odenigbo can make Vikings forget about Everson Griffen

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Dawn of a new era at defensive end

Everson Griffen is gone, and he probably isn’t coming back.

He did, after all, script an emotional farewell five months ago. Those types of valediction notices are typically not teaser-trailers to later rejoin previous teams. Although, 2021 free agency is only seven months away.

Ifeadi Odenigbo is on the cusp of blossoming into a genuine starting defensive end. The Vikings invest a lot of cap space in their linebackers and safeties, they need to pay tailback Dalvin Cook, and they will probably have to lock-up right tackle Brian O’Neill in a longterm capacity before too long.

Odenigbo’s 2019 performance deserves a second look, especially at a bargain-bin price. He is expected to be the starting defensive end for Minnesota opposite Danielle Hunter this season.

Griffen joins an incredibly balanced Dallas Cowboys team in 2020. So long as the Cowboys don’t run away with the NFC, Vikings fans will likely wish him all the best.

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The next step is to get out a prayer mat, clasp your hands, and pray Griffen doesn’t erupt for 15-plus sacks with Dallas. Because that’s when the jealousy will set in.