Vikings Open to Possibility of Re-Signing Pro Bowler Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen during a Minnesota Vikings training and press conference in 2017. Photo by Roger Goodgroves/REX/Shutterstock (9177269ac)

Minnesota Vikings haven’t given up on their Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen. According to Vikings’ general manager Rick Spielman, there’s still a chance that the team re-signs Griffen after letting him test the free agency this offseason.

Griffen spent his entire career with the Vikings and had a productive 2019 season, contributing with 41 tackles, 8.0 sacks, and one interception. However, the two sides couldn’t agree on terms for an extension, and the 32-year-old became a free agent.

Spielman, however, doesn’t rule making another offer to the veteran considering that Griffen still hasn’t committed to another team.

“I don’t think things broke down,” Spielman told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday. “I’ve had some great conversations with Everson.”

While Minnesota would like to see Everson Griffen back, the player himself doesn’t seem open to the possibility. According to St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson, sources close to the pass rusher said that Griffen isn’t eager to re-sign with the Vikings and is entertaining other offers.

During his time in Minnesota, Griffen made four Pro Bowls and had one Second-Team All-Pro selections. His career stats include 353 tackles, 74.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, two interceptions, and two defensive touchdowns.