Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen

Minnesota Vikings: Everson Griffen is moving on after ten seasons

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By Mike Brez March 20, 2020 0 Comment
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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will not return in 2020 adding to the list of starters leaving via free agency.

Earlier this offseason, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen voided his contract. It was a move to free up cap space for the Vikings. The expectation was that Griffen would sign a cheaper deal for 2020. Given the Vikings cap situation, it doesn’t look like that will be a possibility. On Friday afternoon, Griffen’s agent, Brian Murphy, released a statement saying that they were no longer discussing a new deal with the Vikings.

Everson Griffen’s career in Minnesota

Griffen, 32, spent the first ten years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. Drafted in the fourth round by the Vikings in 2010, Griffen had a quiet start to his career. He broke out in 2012 with 27 tackles, eight sack performance while only starting in one game. During the final year of his rookie contract, the former USC product produced his first double-digit sack season with 12.

In 2015, Griffen would make his first Pro Bowl appearance with 44 tackles and 10.5 sacks. It was the start of three consecutive Pro Bowl’s. His best season was in 2017 when he logged 45 tackles, 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles.

Starting 88 of 147 games during those ten seasons, Griffen logged 355 tackles, 86 tackles for a loss, 74.5 sacks, 176 quarterback hits, nine forced fumbles, and two interceptions. In 2019, he collected 42 tackles, eight sacks, and an interception on his way to his fourth Pro Bowl appearance. Taking to Instagram, the 32-year-old pass rusher said his goodbye to Vikings fans after a decade with the organization.

“When I came to Minnesota as a fourth-round pick out of USC, I had no idea how much my life would change over the next 10 years. I realized my dream of playing in the NFL, went to four Pro Bowls and came within one game of playing in the Super Bowl in front of the best fans in the country. More importantly, I became a husband, a dad, and met teammates who became brothers for life. I also stumbled a few times on my journey and could not be more grateful for the unconditional support and love I received from SKOL Nation. While it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye, I leave Minnesota in the best physical and mental shape I have ever been and have many Pro Bowl seasons to come! Wherever my next stop is, I will always be grateful to and cheering for the Vikings. Thank you all for the love, support and memories.”

Vikings continue to lose defensive pieces

Still performing at a high level, Everson Griffen shouldn’t have any trouble finding a new home in 2020. The league is always looking for more pass rushers. The departure of the ten-year veteran adds to the extensive list of players leaving Minnesota’s defense. The Vikings cut Linval Joseph and Xavier Rhodes last week. Other players that hit free agency include Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, Andrew Sendejo, and Jayron Kearse.

Waynes signed a lucrative contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday. Cincinnati also signed Alexander. Sendejo signed with the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal Friday afternoon. Safety Jayron Kearse went on to sign with the Detroit Lions.

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