Anthony Barr’s return could lead to Everson Griffen’s departure

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With linebacker Anthony Barr now on track to stay with the Vikings rather than leave for a deal with the Jets, the Vikings are going to have to do some work to make room for him under their cap.

Albert Breer of SI.com reports that Barr’s deal in Minnesota is set to come in at $13.5 million. That’s less than he was reportedly set to make with the Jets, but a discount only goes so far for a team tight against the cap.

One way or another, it appears defensive end Everson Griffen will be key to clearing the space. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that Griffen will either have to restructure his deal or he will be released. Griffen is set to make $10.9 million with a cap hit north of $11.7 million.

Griffen declined comment about his plans on Tuesday, but an answer should come soon.

52 responses to “Anthony Barr’s return could lead to Everson Griffen’s departure

  1. After last year, Griff is gonna have to either agree to take a 30% pay cut, or he will be cut. He was paid last year. The Vikings stuck by him. Time to repay the favor. I believe he will stay. I don’t know him. Just a gut feeling.

  2. Barr staying in Minnesota is not good for the Packers. No matter how the Vikings do it. Even if Griffen goes. Somewhere, somehow, Aaron’s shoulder just starting quivering. Strange, isn’t it?

  3. Wasn’t there a rumor about Griffen getting traded to the 49ers a few weeks ago? I bet he gets traded for a late round pick rather than released.

  4. I would think other teams would be reticent to pay him too much because of all the question marks from last year’s situation, and Griffen should prefer staying because of his relationships that I’m sure have helped him deal with his problems. Nevertheless, if the Vikings want him to take a big pay cut, I could see another team willing to pay him enough that he would be willing to leave. I’m sure his agent has gauged the market.

  5. I’d have to believe that the Vikes have something up their sleeves to talk him into not signing with the Jets.

  6. Mental health issues are no joke. Griffen was a shell of himself after returning from his hiatus last year. He’s on the wrong side of 30. It’s a business and sometimes a brutal one. Time to move on.

  7. Stephen Weatherly and Tashawn Bower are waiting in the wings to take Griffen’s spot. After a tough season last year for Griffen, there is no way he stays without taking a significant pay cut.

    Also, don’t count out the possibility that the Vikings are fielding trade offers for one of their staring CBs, either of which would clear significant cap room.

  8. Anthony “Bone Crusher” Barr mends negotiations with Vikings. Aaron Rodgers mends nothing with anyone. Except his orthopedic surgeon.

  9. All of a sudden Barr is The Man and Griffen is yesterday’s news. The Viking players really stick together. Sacrifice is their middle name.

  10. Spielman is doubling down on a bad draft pick here. I wonder if the Vikes wish they’d have taken Donald, Martin, Lewan, Mosley or Beckham instead of making this chump the 9th overall pick.

  11. I’d love to see Griffen come back with an All-Pro season, no matter what team he plays for. I wish him the best, but it’s usually wise to get rid of a player too soon rather than too late. He’s given plenty of reason to believe that now is the time to move on. Good luck Everson, be well.

  12. he’s on the decline. still a good player but not for much longer. this is his last year with the vikings if he takes the pay cut anyways. Weatherly and bowers are ready to take that side of the line. Hercules, Odenhigbo, and Ade are going to be the backups-they are some more freaks that Zimmer can mold over the next 2 years.

    and NO, the vikings are NOT trading their starting cornerbacks. LMAO! what a great idea! lets free up cap space by getting rid of our 2 best corners! some real geniuses on this board!

    according to my calculations, the vikings are still under the cap, even with the barr signing. it’s tight, but it’s not unreasonable they get a couple guys like Reiff or harrison smith to restructure their contracts.

  13. “Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    March 12, 2019 at 2:04 pm
    Anthony “Bone Crusher” Barr mends negotiations with Vikings. Aaron Rodgers mends nothing with anyone. Except his orthopedic surgeon.”

    Pretty big talk for a fan of a team that went 8-7-1 after a huge free agent QB signing which was entirely guaranteed.

  14. If griff gets cut who cares. The Vikings have the depth and they played those guys when griff was dealing with mental issues.

    Some of you clowns like to chirp. I think some of you have a mental illness.

  15. “according to my calculations, the vikings are still under the cap, even with the barr signing. ”

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    Your calculations are wrong. Prior to this signing, they had about 9mil and change and that is before the RFA tenders on Hill and Harris are taken into consideration.

    They will have to cut/restructure/trade at least one or more of the following:

    Griffen
    Waynes
    Rudolph

  16. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:24 pm
    Haha, but but but where are all the people claiming we had to lose everyone because we are paying our QB like a top 10 QB
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    You may not realize it yet, but getting Barr back is a loss.

  17. Why would a 4-3 linebacker sign a contract with $10M in sack incentives. Vikings are going 3-4 with Barr and Hunter as edge rushers. Griffen and Waynes are gone. After cutting both, the Vikings will have only about $14M to fill out the roster. Note that the Vikings only have one offensive guard under contract (Isadora).

  18. stellarperformance says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:24 pm
    Haha, but but but where are all the people claiming we had to lose everyone because we are paying our QB like a top 10 QB
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    You may not realize it yet, but getting Barr back is a loss.
    ————-

    Big surprise a Barr article brings the crybabies out. Tell us more about the legal hit he put on aaron

  19. They offered him a partnership in one of Zygi’s real estate deals – which means he’ll never get the money. (but most Viking fans have no clue about things like this)

  20. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    March 12, 2019 at 1:40 pm
    Barr staying in Minnesota is not good for the Packers. No matter how the Vikings do it. Even if Griffen goes. Somewhere, somehow, Aaron’s shoulder just starting quivering. Strange, isn’t it?
    ______________

    Thanks for this quality contribution to my day….

  21. Stellar – please find a post where I said anything about being happy with Barr leaving. I’m indifferent on the situation until I see how he is used this year. Meanwhile you continue to cry about a legal hit 2 and a half years ago. Get a wile your tears and go to bed.

  22. I’m not sure taking a cut in pay is going to get the job done. I think they’re going to have to clear out a salary or two before they try to sign all the rookies after the draft.

  23. Griffen said he had a gun (didn’t show it) and threatened employees at a downtown Minneapolis hotel. The had to hide in a storeroom, that’s how serious it had become. The police were called. The police never found a gun (and they looked really, really hard.) The Vikings were early in their “Guaranteed SuperBowl” season and Griffen was expected to play a major role. He was never charged. With anything. A regular citizen would still be behind bars.

    Coincidence?

  24. stellarperformance says:
    March 12, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    The Vikings were early in their “Guaranteed SuperBowl” season.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Who guaranteed a Super Bowl season? How could we make it if stella guaranteed that the Packers were the “team to beat” Silly green and yellow.

  25. tylawspick6 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    Welcome to NE

    @@@@@@@@@@@

    Maybe you should stop with your predictions. You’re pretty bad at them. You have two comments
    “Welcome to NE and “welcome to cap hell”

  26. What a loser he used the Jets to offer him edge rusher money something he is not , he had 3 sacks last season and yet Klyer Fackrell had 10 sacks, Barr is all about Barr and now the Vikings have to cut players to pay him. Nice guy .

  27. stellarperformance says:
    March 12, 2019 at 2:05 pm
    All of a sudden Rodgers is The Man and Favre is yesterday’s news. The Packers players really stick together. Sacrifice is their middle name.
    ————————————

    Fixed that for you. Circa 2008

  28. For those harping about Cousin’s contract hurting the team.
    Aaron Rodgers averages 33.5 million per year
    (79.2 million guaranteed).
    Kirk Cousins averages 28 million per year
    (84 million guaranteed).
    Is Rodgers a better scrambling QB to justify 5 1/2 million more a year, sure, but I’d like to see a better O-line to protect Cousins to show what he can do first.

  29. rogerthis – Aaron Rodgers contract extension has $100 million dollars guaranteed. And a total of $134 million dollars.

  30. I hope Griff takes a pay cut and sticks around. But Remmers, Sendejo and Griff could be the price of resigning Barr or a FA offensive lineman. I hope they go with the draft for the OL.

  31. hey Viking Nation, why in the heck don’t they get Mr Cousins to re structure for the good of the franchise. His hyper inflated salar is the big contributor to the Cap Hell you are trapped in. Not a NE fan(hate me) but say what you want about Mr GOAT, he has on several occasions re structured for the good of the team. QB s around the league with these salaries that are greater than that of the entire punt team should check themselves

  32. Funny the walking punchline stella continuously says he doesn’t car about the Vikings yet – he sure seemed to show up a lot on all the Barr posts. Almost as frequently as his favorite QB shows up on the injury report.

  33. Good signing therefore will not be filling that hole. Need to use most if not all the high draft picks on good OL. Now we just need to find someone on staff or scout room that knows what ones looks like.

  34. Don’t be shocked if the Vikings keep Griffen and take one more shot with the team they have.

  35. we are paying our QB like a top 10 QB
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    Landon Collins is being paid like the best Safety to step on an NFL field, that doesnt actually make him one.

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