6 free-agent defensive ends the Vikings could sign in 2021

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Everson Griffen

2020 Teams: Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions

We know Everson Griffen would love to return to the Vikings. He’s made this very clear during the last few months with some of his actions on Instagram and Twitter. But does Minnesota have a similar interest?

The Vikings might have already moved on from Griffen and don’t have any intentions of bringing him back for another run. But if Minnesota thinks he could help their defense next season, then a reunion might be possible.

It will really depend on the amount of money that Griffen is willing to play for. The Vikings’ unwillingness to pay him what he desired is part of the reason why he wasn’t brought back last year. Now after a season apart from the place he called home for 10 years, maybe Griffen is more willing to have a more affordable asking price.

In addition to taking less money, Griffen would probably have to be okay with not being a starter for Minnesota in 2021. His role would probably be more like what it was during his first few seasons with the Vikings when he was more of a situational pass-rusher.

At 33-years-old, the juice is getting low in Griffen’s tank. But if he’s looking to end his NFL career in Minnesota, he could have an opportunity to head back to the Twin Cities this offseason.