Everson Griffen: Pay cut tough to swallow, but I want to be a Viking for life

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Defensive end Everson Griffen was faced with a decision this offseason that many other NFL Players have faced at points in their careers.

Griffen needed to take a pay cut or get cut by the Vikings as they moved toward the 2019 season. Griffen chose the pay cut and spoke to reporters about that choice from the team’s facility on Tuesday.

Griffen said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, that the pay cut was a “tough pill to swallow,” but a 2018 season that featured a drop in production and an absence to deal with mental health issues left him little choice if he wanted to realize his goal of being a Viking for his entire career.

“I had a rough year. … When I came back, I didn’t play that well … I knew when the free agency came up it was going to lead to taking a pay cut,” Griffen said.

Griffen is signed for three more years and the Vikings would get a lot of cap space back by moving on from him after this season. The veteran said he’d deal with those issues when the time comes, but is focused on putting forth a better on-field effort at the moment.

39 responses to “Everson Griffen: Pay cut tough to swallow, but I want to be a Viking for life

  1. It really wasn’t that much of a pay cut so the Vikings showed a lot of faith in him by giving him that offer. His production on the field wasn’t great after the mental health issues but don’t underestimate his importance as a teammate. Everyone on the team loves him. I hope he’s able to earn the money this year so they have a high end pass rusher, but if not, he’ll be gone.

  2. Most smart football players want to be a Viking for life, Ev. Get back to being the sack daddy!

  3. The Vikings stood behind Everson and he did the same in return. Not seen as much today. I am interested in seeing how Everson bounces back this season.

  4. Viking players take less to stay on the team…Packer players demand more to stay in Green Bay. Just the facts.

  5. Well, when you’re damaged goods and are facing the option of unemployment, a little bit of something is certainly better than the alternative.
    Wise decision.

    Congratulations to the Minnesota Vikings though, while everyone else in the division are making strides to improve their individual rosters, this team has gone to great lengths to retain and secure all of their 8-7-1 talent.
    Next stop, 3rd place!

  6. Even at the reduced number he’s probably making as much (or more) than he would have gotten on the Free Agent Market had he been cut. This wasn’t a bad financial decision by Everson

  7. You will notice in all of his episodes and this is back through college. Each one of them has one instigator. That same instigator has also called the police on him in several of those incidents. You guessed it, he’s married to the one constant causing his problems.

  8. If he produces this upcoming season, it will be hard for the Vikings to get rid of him. If he doesn’t play well and performs like last year…..his days are numbered and he will be cut next season.

    Can’t carry dead wait if you don’t/can’t perform. PERIOD!

  9. Everson hurt his foot against Cle when they played on that awful field in England. He never recovered that year or last. It cost the Vikings big time in the NFCCG. He could mask it on turf but grass no chance. That was the Vikings deficiency from the 2nd half vs the saints in the Minneapolis miracle game right through last season. Their O-line had to be reshuffled with Easton’s injury and Remmers couldn’t play guard. They kept up the same experiment last yr to no avail. Besides the porous oline the dline was faltering too. Hardly causing any pressure for multiple game stretches. Opposing teams QB’s lit the Vikings up. They need to shore up both offensive and defensive lines or this will be another long season.

  10. Everyone with nothing better to do then leave negative and ignorant comments, my hope is for you to suffer at the hands of mental health in such away as to find compassion for others.

  11. Wafflestomp says:
    April 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    Well, when you’re damaged goods and are facing the option of unemployment, a little bit of something is certainly better than the alternative.
    Wise decision.

    Congratulations to the Minnesota Vikings though, while everyone else in the division are making strides to improve their individual rosters, this team has gone to great lengths to retain and secure all of their 8-7-1 talent.

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    Insightful as always, just curious didn’t your QB post the worst season of his career, leading the team to a handful of wins, and get a pay raise? Yep I see the improvement you are talking about.

    Two years ago it was TT fault, now MM takes blame, I just wonder who is left to take the fall after another disappointing season this year.

  12. I just wonder who is left to take the fall after another disappointing season this year.

    Anthony Barr. He hurted our quarterback and is the reason Ted and Mike were exposed and Rodgers is a shell of his former self.

  13. Alan Light says:
    Viking players take less to stay on the team…Packer players demand more to stay in Green Bay. Just the facts

    They also have over a dozen championships, I think the Vikings have zero…just the facts

  14. How in the world can another team’s fan talk about our 8 7 1 finish when their team hasn’t made the playoffs 2 years in a row, finished 3rd two years in row and both years obviously finished behind us, talk about delusional.

  15. Griffen will be lucky to make the team this year. When older vets take pay cuts it means the team is looking to replace him anyways with someone younger and with upside.

  16. qckappa says:
    April 16, 2019 at 2:25 pm
    How in the world can another team’s fan talk about our 8 7 1 finish when their team hasn’t made the playoffs 2 years in a row, finished 3rd two years in row and both years obviously finished behind us, talk about delusional.

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    Because they won some “championships” when there were 10 teams in the league and the players did this as a hobby. Doesn’t matter that most their fans weren’t alive when this happened but they act like they were on the team and it is part of who they are.

  17. How in the world can another team’s fan talk about our 8 7 1 finish when their team hasn’t made the playoffs 2 years in a row
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    Same reason some of your guys post 2-3 times in every Packer story. They’re trolls. Trust me, most Packer fans dislike them as much as you do.

  18. Because they won some “championships” when there were 10 teams in the league
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    We also won some when there were 32 teams. Not that that makes it ok…

  19. Alan Light says:
    April 16, 2019 at 1:19 pm
    Viking players take less to stay on the team…Packer players demand more to stay in Green Bay. Just the facts.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    What an absolutely stupid thing to contend. Do you actually believe yourself?

  20. I’m pulling for this guy. His team affiliation has nothing to with my opinion … I’m hoping he’s better and can perform. When you respect the competitors who earn it, team colors don’t matter.

    Go Pack.

  21. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured says:
    April 16, 2019 at 1:07 pm
    Sounds like he wants to lose.
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    I think he wants to compete. If he wanted to lose, he’d go to Detroit, with its last division title in 1991 and 1 post-season win in the last 60 years.

  22. Wafflestomp, Trubinskookoo and the rest of the moron Naysayers,

    The Oline will get fixed and your Fudglings and Boo Boo Bears will be getting stomped. You heard it here.

  23. Not a Vikes fan (or Packer fan, since that seems to matter), but I respect the heck out of Griffin said and did. It’s obvious that he did not produce to the level of his old contract last year, and he acknowledged as much, but it’s still refreshing to see a guy committed to his teammates and organization in an age where most players (and organizations, for that matter) think business first. Nice to see some good old fashioned loyalty, and I applaud both that and Griffin’s sense of awareness about his circumstances as well. There’s a lot of guys who can’t even do that and try to name their price even though that price may be much higher than what they’re worth.

  24. It’s better to take a pay cut and stay on a losing team than go to another losing team for the same money.

  25. I love the heart and soul Griff brings every play. Everson HAS to realize the Vikings shopped him around and didn’t get much activity in the form of offers above 6th or 7th round trade picks.
    I say it is their loss and Minnesota’s gain. It frees up the leverage of “I can pick and choose the teams to go to”.
    He is actually landed with the best coach in Zimmer to get the most out of him. NOW he has a point to prove! When a player believes he was disrespected by other teams…..good luck to them to play a DE with a point to be made!!!!
    When griff is motivated, he is a BEAST!

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