Report: Everson Griffen strikes deal to stay with Vikings

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When the Vikings struck a deal with linebacker Anthony Barr to stay with the team earlier this week, there was word that defensive end Everson Griffen‘s spot on the roster might be in danger as a result.

The Vikings came into the offseason without much cap room and Griffen was reportedly facing a decision about reworking his deal or being released. It appears he’s decided on an answer to that question.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Griffen, whose $10.9 million salary was set to be guaranteed this afternoon, has revised his deal in order to remain in Minnesota. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports he will make around $8 million.

Griffen missed five games last season while dealing with mental health issues that led him to be hospitalized following an incident that required police intervention. He returned to action and recorded 5.5 sacks in 11 overall appearances.

63 responses to “Report: Everson Griffen strikes deal to stay with Vikings

  1. Once you play for a world class organization like the Vikings, it becomes hard to leave for another team…

  2. Not much of a savings though, so I would expect a Trae Waynes trade soon to free up another 9 million or so.

  3. Great news Vikings fan! Way to go EG! Great job everyone involved, what a good GM & cap specialist. Now lets get some good offensive linemen! Skol Vikings!

  4. As a Packer fan I don’t like it and was hoping he’d leave the division, but after all the issues he had last year I’m glad to see that he’s in a better place. The people are more important than the rivalry.

  5. This is the 3rd straight year multiple players have taken less money to stay with the Vikings. The opposite would be having to over pay mediocre players whose old teams did not value them enough to keep and are now free agents…and signing a lot of them. LOLOL

  6. Of course he would. Dealing with what he’s dealing with, he wants stability. The Vikings are the only team that fully understands his situation, and other teams would shy away from Griffen. The Vikings were probably his best option money-wise, and the Vikings get to exploit his mental issues in order to make a team-friendly signing beneficial to them.

  7. The Vikes are keeping most of the defensive pieces in place. Now if they can find some offensive lineman and one more running back, things will improve a lot.

  8. This happened because Zimmer wanted Griff.. and Griff likes his coach. Barr, Griffen, Kendricks, Smith, Rhodes, Hunter, Waynes, Joseph… these are Zim’s guys. He’s keeping his guys on defense together. I hope it pays off. I like Zimmer, he’s a good coach, on the defensive side. It’s good to try to keep the unit intact, but it comes with a price. And we really need help on the O-line.. I hope it works out! Stay the course Zim!

  9. I really like our GM. Great news Vikings fan! Way to go EG! Great job everyone involved, what a good GM & cap specialist. Now lets get some good offensive linemen! Skol Vikings!

  10. They should of cut him, we need money for O-Line, and to go after Gostkowski. Two of the weakest areas on the team, not D-Line.

  11. Another cap guzzling signing that’s basically shoring up the same team that only won 8 games last season.
    And oddly enough, their clueless fans applaud it.

  12. Thank you Mr Griffin. He is always very humble and appreciative. Both sides showed a lot of class. Tough year for him personally and tough spot he left the organization in. That is now all in the past.

  13. This isn’t right. Once a contract is signed there should be absolutely no renegotiations. I mean that’s the message I get from people here when a player tries to force a renegotiation.

  14. The “Players we can’t keep because of Kirk Cousins” stands at maybe 1? That being Sheldon Richardson, who may have simply left due to more money. Murray left, but he deserved to get paid after taking a discount last year.

  15. Not trading Waynes. Not many teams have the cap space. Maybe sign him to an extension to spread out the cap money?? Not exactly certain how an extension could change things but it is probably the option. There are no high priced OL left so really just need room to sign the rookies and draft O-lineman like hell! Not good.

  16. They still have offensive line issues, so they must plan on going early an often at OL in the draft. Nothing wrong with keeping the players you have, I have seen it done numerous times as a GB fan.

    It does make me wonder if they have a trade partner for Waynes to open up some cap space. I would be hesitant to trade him though as injuries happen a lot in the NFL, I remember last year, people thought that Rhodes season was done when he went down in a heap along the sideline, but fortunately wasn’t as serious as thought.

  17. Waynes should only be traded for a proven interior offensive lineman with 1-2 years left on his contract.

  18. Great news for both Vikings fans and Everything. Sadly, it’s only a matter of time before the usual suspects (stellarperformance, filthymcnasty) make uncouth comments about his mental health situation. To Florio and the PFT staff, I just want to say: by continuing to allow those comments through your moderation process (along with comments they’ve made in the past about the 35W Bridge tragedy), you demonstrate clearly that you value “clicks”/advertising dollars over common human decency. A sports rivalry should never lead to the level of depraved conduct that Packers “fans” routinely engage in via these comments sections.

  19. Frazier28/7 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 4:06 pm
    The pieces are in place.
    – – – – – – – – – – –
    Wasn’t that the mindset last year when Kirk showed up in town? How did that work out?

  20. Boy, Kirk Cousins sure is wrecking this team. They won’t be able to keep any of their players…wait, what, Barr is back, Griffen is back. I thought the Packers were smart in Free Agency…guess not, signing 3 mediocre castoffs for $30 million of their cap space.

  21. The Savant Chronicles says:
    March 14, 2019 at 4:32 pm
    A sports rivalry should never lead to the level of depraved conduct that Packers “fans” routinely engage in via these comments sections.
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    Great concept, overwhelming hypocrisy. Looking forward to the season.

  22. The Savant Chronicles says:
    March 14, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    “Great news for both Vikings fans and Everything. Sadly, it’s only a matter of time before the usual suspects (stellarperformance, filthymcnasty) make uncouth comments about his mental health situation. To Florio and the PFT staff, I just want to say: by continuing to allow those comments through your moderation process (along with comments they’ve made in the past about the 35W Bridge tragedy), you demonstrate clearly that you value “clicks”/advertising dollars over common human decency. A sports rivalry should never lead to the level of depraved conduct that Packers “fans” routinely engage in via these comments sections.”
    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    Now That’s What I Call Histrionic Virtue Signaling 2019

  23. That at least gives them enough cap space to pay their rookie draft picks, but doesn’t leave any room to sign other players or replace the players on injured reserve. The larger contracts that have small dead cap are now just Joseph or Thielan to free up needed cap space or do they cut about 10 to 15 of the $1 to $2 million year guys and replace them with rookie free agents at $500k. So unless Cousins redoes his contract (which is hard since it is fully guaranteed) or they trade or cut a major starter they are still going to have the same awful o-line from last year.

  24. Speaking of bi-polar, how about Vikings fans? At the end of the year, they hate their coach and their GM after finishing 8-7-1. Many say they’ve got to go. Now, Spielman again is a genius, and suddenly Zimmer is the coach they all want to play hard for- even though the Vikings haven’t played a single game since last year’s underachieving embarrassment.

    Next up, will hear how Kyle Sloter can start for half of the teams in the league, as can Mike Boone. Brandon Zylstra is underrated, and Rob Brzezinski is the best, although no one will be able to tell you why he is better than anyone in the league.

  25. The pieces are in place.
    ———————————

    Perhaps on defense.

    Vikings O-Line is still horrible. Cousins can’t do anything with 2-3 seconds to pass. No QB can.

    MN won’t win until O-Line is fixed.

  26. I am glad he is staying put for a different reason. Last year this team often looked listless and played flat. In the prior year, case Keenum really fired them up on offense and never gave up. He was an emotional kind of a leader. And whether you like it or not on defense when you could feel the energy dipping, Sendejo would come in and just flatten someone. That would turn the momentum and fire up the defense. We don’t have either of those guys and you could see it last year. When Griffin is healthy and everything is working, he can be a positive leader, and we desperately need those. We can’t sleep walk through a bunch of games this year again with an “oh well” attitude when we lose. Last year‘s game against the Bears was an embarrassment. They looked like they mailed it in. I know the rest of the Vikings fans are going to verbally pommel me for this, but We need all the leaders and positive energy we can get. I’m glad Griff is sticking around but I am still suspicious that we need more of the right kind of leadership on the team this year .

  27. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 14, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    This is the 3rd straight year multiple players have taken less money to stay with the Vikings.

    +++++++

    And yet you are still in a cap crunch and even with the Griffen savings and the “Packer overpays” still are 8-9M short of what Green Bay has to spend.

    And haven’t done a single thing about your offensive line, other than release one of your starters.

    It sounded a lot better when you fans crowed about how you had signed all your important players to long-tern deals when you were 13-3. But 8-7-1? Not so impressive to have nothing but chump change to spend.

  28. ariani1985 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 5:32 pm
    Franks crazy ex must have taught him something about the cap
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    No, she didn’t really follow football so she knows nothing about the salary cap. But people should take heed here: The reason ariani1985 is writing this is because he knows my wife died of cancer in 2017, and he made fun of it several times in the months following. Here, he’s doing it again. I know that he’s not representative of Vikings’ fans and Minnesotans and most humans in general.

  29. Wafflestomp says:
    March 14, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    Another cap guzzling signing that’s basically shoring up the same team that only won 8 games last season.
    And oddly enough, their clueless fans applaud it.
    *****
    Meanwhile the Packers can’t even get to 8 wins the past couple of years. Their fans sure do talk a lot of smack for a team that’s finished 3rd in the division the last two seasons and can’t even get above .500.

  30. I was surprised Barr stayed for less but it works out because the vikings have far more depth at defensive tackle than linebacker, so letting richardson go made sense. linebacker is the one area on defense where their depth isn’t very good, so look for a linebacker to be taken by the 3rd round.

    I said from the very beginning, once the vikings release remmers and sandejo, they would be able to afford Barr or Richardson. If Barr went to NY, Richardson is still a viking.

    To the vikings fans on here saying that Waynes is going to be traded, you couldn’t be more incorrect. he is in the 5th year, looking for big time money next year. and he is budgeted into the cap for this season. you don’t just trade a player like for some journeyman offensive lineman you can get in the draft, or to free up cap space. Waynes has really come on in the last 2 seasons. he isn’t going anywhere this year. this is the year you want him on the team ! he’s going for big time money, and he has to be lockdown to get it. next year, he is gone. or rhodes is gone. they can’t keep both of them. but they won’t let both of them go. if anything, i think rhodes could be the odd guy out next year (likely via trade) because waynes is younger, and holton hill will be ready. Rhodes has become injury prone and might be on the decline.

    The vikings will likely look to extending mackenzie alexander before he becomes a free agent next year. Same with Kearse.

    Now that Barr is back, and defensive tackle is set (watch out for jayln holmes to win this spot, he is very similar to sheldon richardson), the vikings are in position to draft at minimum 3 offensive lineman this draft. this is the correct path to go. for those of you saying to go and sign these free agent cast offs, how many more patch jobs do you need to see fail? if anything, this offseason has shown me that rick spielman has learned his lesson. drafting players is the ONLY way to build a team. look at last years free agents: cousins and richardson. one is gone already (so instead of building up jayln holmes or jaleel johnsons playing time, the basically wasted a year with Richardson who has no contribution to the teams future) and one is on very thin ice.

    i’ll give cousins 1 more year to see if he plays better with an improved line. the vikings are going to bring in a bunch of rookie offensive lineman to put in at the interior. when cousins was signed, it was a 3 year proposition, because that’s how long the vikings could keep this team’s core together before guys got too old. this year and next year are it. rudolph, griffen, rhodes, harrison smith, joseph are all guys who won’t be vikings beyond the 2020 season.

    the vikings lack of salary cap space has been the best thing to happen to them. now their GM won’t go and spend all that money on patch jobs. it forces this team to draft! drafting has worked very well for this team. it’s when they get away from drafting when things go very badly.

  31. The Vikings are doing a good job of retaining players nobody else wanted. Very strategic.

  32. ackattack22 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm
    Wafflestomp says:
    March 14, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    Another cap guzzling signing that’s basically shoring up the same team that only won 8 games last season.
    And oddly enough, their clueless fans applaud it.
    *****
    Meanwhile the Packers can’t even get to 8 wins the past couple of years. Their fans sure do talk a lot of smack for a team that’s finished 3rd in the division the last two seasons and can’t even get above .500.
    ____________

    Yes, that’s exactly why you see Green Bay making dramatic changes with their coaching and overall roster decisions.
    Whether all this works out or not remains to be seen.

    The Vikings seem perfectly content in keeping the band together.
    A band that only won 8 games last season.
    7, if you are viewing things completely unbiased about week 2.

    The Vikings struggled mightily against teams that hovered around the .500 mark and nothing I’ve seen makes me believe anything will be different next season.
    But then again, you’re in season 6 of a coaching regime who’s produced one postseason win, albeit a very lucky Minneapolis Missed Tackle Miracle, so, who knows.

  33. As a Vikings fan, I love this. If Griffin gets back to where he was pre-blowup, he can be a dominant force again, and it’s nice to have Barr back as well. I also agree with those that say the Vikings can’t be a Superbowl caliber team without a greatly improved OL play. I’m still not sold on Cousins, however I think if he gets protection he can be effective and win games.

    Vikes have 3/5 of an offensive line right now (LT, C, RT) and need to either draft 2 guards early or kick Reiff inside to guard and draft LT, RG. I also think it’s a given that they should/will trade Waynes because it’s the deepest position on the team and he’s in the final year of a rookie contract. A slot receiver would be nice too, though I kinda like the Beebe kid, looks like he’s got a bit of Wes Welker to him.

  34. I was happy to see Everson sign. He was off last season but they shouldn’t dump him for one subpar season.SKOL

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