6 former Vikings who might’ve already played their last season in the NFL

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Everson Griffen – DE

It was a difficult first year outside of Minnesota for Everson Griffen last season. He began the 2020 campaign as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. But then midway through the season, the Cowboys sent Griffen to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

The former Vikings pass rusher appeared in a total of 14 games last year, but he was only a starter in two of them. Griffen’s reduction in playing time unsurprisingly resulted in a decrease in production last season as he only accumulated 23 pressures and six sacks.

At 33-years-old, he might still be able to offer a team some help in a rotational role. But if that isn’t something Griffen is interested in, then it’s possible that his final snap on an NFL field took place in Week 17 of last season against the Vikings.

Brett Jones – OL

Brett Jones is someone Minnesota acquired right before the start of the 2018 season in a trade with the New York Giants. Jones started 14 games in two years with the Giants, but with the Vikings, he only managed to be a starter five times.

He offered some decent depth for Minnesota’s interior offensive line. But he’ll be turning 30-years-old in July and the Vikings are likely more interested in developing some of their younger interior blockers.

With little starting experience during the last few seasons, it’s also hard to imagine Jones having that much interest from other teams around the NFL this year.