Report: Everson Griffen told Vikings he’s voiding remainder of contract

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Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen had eight sacks while playing 78 percent of the defensive snaps during the 2019 season and he’s set for free agency as a result.

Griffen’s contract contains a clause allowing him to opt out of the remaining three years of his deal as long as he had six sacks while playing 57 percent of the defensive snaps in 2019. Griffen had until February 25 to exercise that right, but Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports that he has already done so.

The move, which was expected, clears $13 million in cap space while leaving $800,000 in dead money.

Cronin adds that there’s a feeling that the team can work out a deal to keep Griffen in Minnesota for less money and Griffen said last month that he wants to stay in Minnesota, so there may not be a change in address this offseason. Talking to other teams next month could shake up that view and voiding the contract opens the door to that possibility.

36 responses to “Report: Everson Griffen told Vikings he’s voiding remainder of contract

  1. He has been a very, very good player for a long time but he is now 32 years old and he had some troubling mental health issues prior to the 2019 NFL season. Thankfully he was able to get those taken care of but with that combination of factors I’m not sure if someone was going to give him $13 million for the upcoming season. And the article says Minnesota feels they can get them to come back for less than that? I think they are probably right so I’m not sure why Griffin voided the final year of his deal.

    Then again, pass rushers get paid so maybe someone would give him 2 years, $28 million or something if he hits the open market.

    Interesting situation with multiple factors at play.

  2. The Vikings are in a PRIME position to rebuild. We can walk away from several high priced Veterans. We have several very good players that could be traded for Draft picks. If we’re willing to be bad next year and rebuild this roster, we’re about 2 years away from having $90million in Cap Space and multiple 1st, 2nd and 3rd picks. Isn’t it better to CHOOSE to rebuild than to be required to do so?

    This team is fun and will likely win 9-11 games next year, but they are not able to compete with the very best teams in the NFL. Subtracting Griffen, Rhodes, Alexander, Waynes, Harris and possibly Rieff, Joseph and Rudolph will not suddenly make us more competitive. Choose the rebuild!

  3. Vikings need the cap space and his best days are behind him. Thank you for your time and contributions to the team.

    Time to get younger and faster on the D line.

  4. Why would he void his contract if he wants to stay in Minnesota? The only reason I could see is to be an amazing teammate and take less money to help the team. But then they could just restructure his current contract. Doesn’t make sense to me. I’m also surprised that he wants to go to free agency after saying he wants to stay in Minnesota and with a pretty nice contract for his age. Confusing, gonna have to wait and see on this one.

  5. tomny0970 says:
    February 20, 2020 at 9:01 am

    It wasn’t even his final year. The article says he voided his final THREE years. Crazy.

  6. $13 mil cap space is a start. Now say goodbye to Rhodes and Reiff, and that’s another $17 mil. $30 mil to start free agency. Still need more room. I say another $10.5 mil and you say goodbye to Joseph. Tough decisions have to be made when you need the cap space. Of course, you could also extend Cousins and redo his contract to make more room.

  7. Brobokil says:
    February 20, 2020 at 10:05 am
    Why would he void his contract if he wants to stay in Minnesota? The only reason I could see is to be an amazing teammate and take less money to help the team.
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    I can only guess that he knew they weren’t going to pay that $13 mil, so might as well start the free agency process early and see what happens.

  8. uncommon1 says:
    February 20, 2020 at 9:23 am
    The Vikings are in a PRIME position to rebuild.
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    I couldn’t disagree more. You don’t blow up a team that won a playoff game, has it’s QB, RB, WR’s, and a solid defense. It’s just a crazy way to think. Think about this. They went 10-6 with a new offense and OC, a lousy O-line, a starting WR that missed half the season, a star RB that missed a couple key games, an expensive corner whose talents fell off a cliff, not playing starters in week 17, and won a playoff game against a 13-3 team. That is a team you improve, not blow up.

  9. Subtracting Griffen, Rhodes, Alexander, Waynes, Harris and possibly Rieff, Joseph and Rudolph will not suddenly make us more competitive.

    —-

    Don’t forget Cousins’ ridiculous $31,000,000 salary would come off the books next year!

  10. Hey Browns. Cut O. Vernon and take his $15 million then sign this kid.It’s a no brainer. Griffin with Garrett would be awesome.

  11. in his current contract only 4 mill was guaranteed.. Im assuming he will extend the contract with more guarantee money… whether Minnesota gets him back at a much lower cash per year and finish his career there…

  12. Of course he wants to stay in Minnesota. Where else can he find a police department that wears purple-lensed glasses, willing to cross their arms, look skyward and whistle after he threatened a hotel staff with an unseen gun to the point they take evasive action and seek refuge in a safe room? If you or I had done that, we’d still be in jail and the hotel staff would own our houses and cars. Heck yeah he wants to stay!

  13. Food for thought. If you aren’t going to extend Cousins now, then you better be prepared to draft the next starter in round 1 or 2. I believe Cousins wants to stay, but next year only gets more expensive. Going into next off season with no QB is not a good position to be in.

  14. Brobokil says:
    February 20, 2020 at 10:05 am
    Why would he void his contract if he wants to stay in Minnesota? The only reason I could see is to be an amazing teammate and take less money to help the team. But then they could just restructure his current contract. Doesn’t make sense to me. I’m also surprised that he wants to go to free agency after saying he wants to stay in Minnesota and with a pretty nice contract for his age. Confusing, gonna have to wait and see on this one.
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    He would void his contract because in most NFL contracts only the first 2-3 years contain gaurantees and the back part of the contract is essentially year to year. That’s why you sometimes see contracts with huge base salaties structured at the end of the contract. The team will either force a renegotiation before that year or cut the player. This way Griffin ensures he will get 2-3 more years gauranteed even if those years are slightly less in average then his old contract.

  15. conormacleod says:
    February 20, 2020 at 10:19 am
    uncommon1 says:
    February 20, 2020 at 9:23 am
    The Vikings are in a PRIME position to rebuild.
    ////////
    I couldn’t disagree more. You don’t blow up a team that won a playoff game, has it’s QB, RB, WR’s, and a solid defense. It’s just a crazy way to think. Think about this. They went 10-6 with a new offense and OC, a lousy O-line, a starting WR that missed half the season, a star RB that missed a couple key games, an expensive corner whose talents fell off a cliff, not playing starters in week 17, and won a playoff game against a 13-3 team. That is a team you improve, not blow up
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    I would love to agree but how on earth do you improve this team? Please tell me how we improve the OL, fill the holes on the DL, replace 3 starting Cornerbacks, replace a top-5 rated Safety, address the Star RB’s contract situation and improve the depth at WR. All that with 7 Draft Picks, $1million in cap space and a Quartberack who continues to prove that he is very good but requires an excellent roster around him. Every player we cut opens up a new hole to be filled. Considering the success rate of draft picks, we can’t just automatically assume that we can draft a starting caliber replacement for several of these holes.

  16. The Vikings were not going to pay Griffen $13 million this year so they were either going to cut him or try to trade him. Voiding the contract eliminates the possibility of trading him, so now Griffen has complete control over where he plays next season.

  17. The Vikings voided their slim chances to win the Superbowl when they gave Kirk Cousins 84 mil.

  18. Love Griffen and his intensity and leadership. I hope the Vikings can bring him back but if not I’ll cheer for him wherever he plays.

  19. This was the best business decision for Griffen by far — he controls his destiny, term and compensation. This also benefits the Vikings by nixing the cap hit and creating the opportunity to enter into a more cap-friendly deal should both sides want. Last year’s restructure was designed to lead to this exact result. He will have the opportunity to make more with another team if he wants — something he has earned the right to do. We’ll see what happens. He’s been a good player, but you have to wonder how many years he’s got left and how much he benefitted from playing opposite Hunter.

    And yeah, lets trash MN cops for forwarding someone suffering from mental illness to treatment rather than charging them with a crime and throwing them in the klink. What a short-sighted and unusual concept.

  20. It’s another yearly battle of the brainless Barney trolls. Every year you argue among yourselves about the steps the teams needs to take to better themselves to compete for a title as if all 31 other teams stay in a static position waiting for minisoda to catch up. Well, guess what? You’re in Cap Space purgatory and your only way out of it is Cousins. He has to preform next season to level that justifies resigning him because if he doesn’t, You’ll be back at the draft looking for your QB Messiah again.

  21. He gave the Vikings a gift. This is pretty impressive although I wouldn’t rule out Minnesota personnel putting in little hidden messages for him through his mental health counselor.

    I kid I kid, actually Griffen was smart. By voiding he gets to choose who he plays for in 2020(Vikings were going to trade him) and with his 2019 stats can probably muster out 20 million in guarantees with his new team.

  22. I’ll miss him if he goes. But business is business. I remember when they had him play gunner on ST. It was just awesome.

  23. uncommon1 says:
    February 20, 2020 at 11:47 am
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    Whoa whoa whoa. That is a whole lot of panic. And your thoughts are worse than the worse of what will actually happen.

    O-line. Need LG and LT. Not insurmountable. Assuming 1 of those in round 1 or 2.

    3 CB’s and a safety? That’s not quite true. If you cut Rhodes (a must), and you let Waynes and Harris go, that’s pretty steep. But still not as bad as you say. Unless you mean Alexander, who played less than 50% of the snaps.

    First off, you release Reiff and Rhodes. That gives you $17 mil in cap money. That will help a lot! Certainly enough to sign Waynes or Harris (maybe both), so you don’t actually lose as much as you say. Not even close.

    Now, you’re concerned with D-line. Fair enough. Except, Zim always has a nice rotation going. And if you release Joseph, that’s another $10.5 mil in salary cap. I would do that.

    There will be young guys that plug the D-line. There will be competition for O-line. LB’s and secondary will be fine.

    Remember, this team went 10-6 with a new OC and playbook, hurt WR, hurt RB, no starters in week 17, and horrible play from Rhodes. Oh, and they beat a 13-3 team in the playoffs.

    So, to the Packer trolls that are asking how can the Vikings compete? They are already competing. But once again, that O-line needs to be improved. Just improving that means they will compete in the playoffs, with the current roster.

  24. How were the Vikings “going to trade” Griffen? Who would trade for that contract? What would the Vikings get in return? No. It is much more likely they were going to cut him to save $13 mil in cap space. That is the easy decision.

  25. purpleguy says:
    February 20, 2020 at 1:03 pm
    And yeah, lets trash MN cops for forwarding someone suffering from mental illness to treatment rather than charging them with a crime and throwing them in the klink. What a short-sighted and unusual concept.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I understand your point! It’s much more important for someone suffering from mental illness likely caused by concussions to get back on the field as soon as possible. After all, time is money.

  26. Gonna be hard to see him go, but he is 32. He already took a pay cut for the team to keep Barr.
    OFFENSIVE LINE!! Speilman FIRED, he is SO over rated and hasn’t even been 50% on draft picks!!

  27. @conormacleod

    I’m sorry man, but you’re nuts. $17 million to resign Harris and Waynes? Ok lets say thats true. So absolute BEST CASE SCENARIO is that we’re able to retain all of our secondary besides Rhodes. Does that mean improvement to you? Bringing back the same guys but somehow we’ll be better?

    OL- We’ll just draft new ones. It’s that simple apparently
    DL- Your plan is literally “There will be young guys” What guys? How do we obtain them and how can we expect them to play better than Linval, Everson and Weatherly?

    You said that we need to improve this team, yet not one single position is improved in your scenario. You can’t act like drafting an OL is a guaranteed upgrade at LG or LT and it would be foolish to think it is. We can do literally everything you said and this roster will be worse than it was last year unless “there will be young guys” really turns out to be some All-Pro caliber players. You can say “draft OL and Zimmer always has a good DL rotation” but that doesn’t mean it will happen.

  28. Griff was one of 2 players that had the void clause written into their contracts. Everson voiding his contract doesn’t mean he is leaving the Vikings at all. He had 8.5 sacks last year and 24 knockdowns. Played hard all year. He is a good player in the locker room. DE Floyd from the Bears had 23 knockdowns in 3 years. Griffen would be worth bringing back at a friendly contract and he seems to want this as well.SKOL

  29. The Vikings can’t trade Griffen as he is not under contract with the Vikings. They can resign him or let him walk. That is it.

  30. Conor I would not extend Cousins before the season and would definitely draft a QB in the 2nd rd this year. I would draft a OT in the 1st if they have a starter at 25.Mock drafts have the T from Louisville for the Vikings. I would draft G at 3rd,4th or 5th rds. I would shoot for Eason first or Fromm in the 2nd rd. If they have to trade up to get Eason so what.

  31. Don’t forget Cousins’ ridiculous $31,000,000 salary would come off the books next year!

    And who will be cheaper? Cousins or any average QB will cost over 30 million after that. Expect that price to only go up unless they start a rookie.

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