Everson Griffen says goodbye to Vikings

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said in February that he expected defensive end Everson Griffen to return to the team for the 2020 season, but Zimmer’s expectation will not be reality.

Griffen posted a lengthy farewell message that thanked the team and “the best fans in the country” on Instagram Friday for believing in him and ” the unconditional support and love” he received when he had hard times off the field. Griffen went on to say that “it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye” to Minnesota.

Griffen’s agent Brian Murphy also issued a statement to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media.

“We have broken off talks with Minnesota because they have to spend their money elsewhere and we decided to now focus our attention on free agency,” Murphy said.

Griffen has spent his entire 10-year career with the Vikings and is fourth in franchise history with 74.5 sacks.

36 responses to “Everson Griffen says goodbye to Vikings

  1. He was a great player for us, too bad our rebuild is starting so soon. We missed our window!

  2. Shoot

    Sounds like the hometown wanted too big of a discount.

    If those free agency talks don’t go well, hopefully he’ll circle-back.

    Don’t blink Spielman!

  3. Too bad, was hoping we could have him back on a 2 year 7 million deal. Oh well, need to use the young guys we have drafted and use our draft capital to replenish our depth. Extend Harris to lower his cap and we have money to get a vet CB /or WR.

  4. We’ll see. I’m guessing Vikings wanted him back on situational pass rusher money. Grif probably thinks he’s still an every down player. We’ll see what the rest of the league thinks.

  5. I hate to see Everson go but I would also hate to see the Vikings overpay to keep him. He’s on the downside of his career, and though he would be an asset for this season, he probably wouldn’t be much of a contributor the next season. The Vikings are obviously looking toward 2021 and beyond to be serious contenders so investing in younger players is the best idea right now.

  6. The window is shut, what a waste, all for medicore qb. Should have kept Case, he had developed nicely with those guys.

  7. How weird, I was always under the impression that everyone was willing to play for free for the Vikings?

  8. Griffen’s 74.5 sacks are fourth in team history but only because sacks were not tracked as an official stat until 1982. Unofficially, Carl Eller (130.5), Jim Marshall (127), and Alan Page (148.5 career sacks, most of which were with the Vikings) would drop Griffen to seventh.

  9. Tremendous Viking! Loved his passion for football and the Vikings! I wish him nothing but the best going forward, and will look forward to his name being added to the ring of honor some day!

  10. Thanks and best wishes sack daddy. I will cheer for you wherever you end up. Happy to have called you a Viking!!

  11. Unfortunately he’s on the downside of his career. With the exception of evaluating QB’s, Spielman usually knows what he is doing,

  12. Stand up dude, fun to watch and seemed to enjoy his time here in MN. Good to see him develop from a Special Teams player/Backup to a Pro Bowl DE. Good luck in your next adventure Ev!

  13. why on Earth did he wait til now?

    he’d have gotten a much better deal last week;

    he’s far better than Beasley and what Dallas picked up;

    there’s something about this story that we don’t yet know;

  14. While I hate to see Griffen go, he put in a solid decade for the Vikings, and his production has been down the last couple of years. He will likely be paid above his production level by some other team. The Vikings still have a good deal of youth on the DL, and these guys will step up and fill the void.

  15. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    March 20, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    I hate to see Everson go but I would also hate to see the Vikings overpay to keep him////

    You would rather they severely over pay for Cousins? No way that guy should be making $32-33 million a year. Everson gives his all, can’t say that about Kirk. Not when he sees a rush and curls into a ball and falls down.
    I don’t like seeing Griffen leaving the Vikings. #97

  16. The window is shut, what a waste, all for medicore qb. Should have kept Case, he had developed nicely with those guys.

    Yep Case tore it up in the NFC Champ game in Philly. 25-40 for 318 1 td 1 int losing 38-7

  17. dreemeagle says:

    why on Earth did he wait til now?
    ###

    Who said he waited?

    He’s been a FA for weeks now, available to any team that made an offer.

    The number he wants apparently has been offered by the Vikings or any other team.

    It’s still possible that he ultimately resigns with the Vikings.

  18. ” the unconditional support and love” he received when he had hard times off the field.
    ——-
    I am sure he is aware of the gutter trash that laughed at his hard times as well.

  19. $800,000 dead money hitting the books this season. Not sure what he is being offered, if at all, and what he will take? However, the Vikings are already near Cap space limit ($7.4M) so until that gets figured out, no way for them to contemplate resigning him.

    1 year-$7-9M offer coming from someone.

  20. Viking Fan Blames Officials…..Everybody Drink says:
    March 20, 2020 at 4:32 pm
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    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    March 20, 2020 at 3:34 pm
    One of the best personalities the Vikings have ever had.
    …………..

    Which one?

  21. His therapist must have recommended he leave minisoda ASAP when he started praising the Barney trolls. Sounds like an acute case of dissociation from reality disorder.

  22. He wanted to return and the Vikings wanted him back but the agents share goes down when he takes less. I suspect the agent talked him out of staying

  23. Everson was a good guy and a great player despite his struggle with mental illness that some tasteless cheesers apparently think remains hilarious.

    Everson has a year or two left in him, and would have helped the Vikes quite a bit. However, like Linvall, as an older guy, he wore down toward the season’s end and at this stage of his career isn’t worth $10M/yr.

    This argument that Cousins’ contract is the cause is a joke — next year his cap hit would be like the 15th highest for a QB, which when you think about is pretty consistent with his ranking as an NFL QB. The Vikes are tight cause they drafted well and have a bunch of good players — that happens unless you’re the Pats and a superstar like Brady takes below market value or have a superstar still on a rookie contract (Mahomes). I agree the Vikes window with this group is surely closed, but it ain’t Cousins’ fault. If you want to see window problems, look at the Rams.

  24. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 20, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    I am sure he is aware of the gutter trash that laughed at his hard times as well.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I wonder if the hotel employees he chased into a safe room under the threat of gun violence are laughing? That was pretty funny. I wonder what the police ever did about that?

    Anyone?

  25. March 20, 2020 at 6:24 pm
    Will miss Rogers curling up in a ball every time he came close!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Who’s that?

  26. Stella – get over it. If people were as traumatized as you try to imply they could have filed civil suits.

  27. stellarperformance says:
    March 20, 2020 at 6:50 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    March 20, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    I am sure he is aware of the gutter trash that laughed at his hard times as well.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I wonder if the hotel employees he chased into a safe room under the threat of gun violence are laughing? That was pretty funny. I wonder what the police ever did about that?

    Anyone?
    ———
    The fight picker strikes again.

  28. purple guy

    I didn’t say Cousins contract caused Griffen to leave the team. You read that into my comment. Cousins contract extension gave the Vikings leverage and cap space. I just said Griff was taking pay cuts and Cousins was taking all he could and he doesn’t play as hard as Everson or others do.

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