Vikings will “never say never” about an Everson Griffen reunion

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Before the draft, Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman kept the door open for a potential reunion with veteran defensive end Everson Griffen. After a draft that brought South Carolina pass rusher D.J. Wonnum to Minnesota via round four, the door may be closer to being closed.

During a recent appearance on #PFTPM, Spielman was asked about the possibility of Griffen, who remains unsigned, returning to the team.

“It is hard to say right now where everything is at and where we are at, [but] until things become more normalized I will never say never on a player,” Spielman said. “I know it will be very hard on a salary cap standpoint. I don’t want to get into the business side of it, but right now I know where our roster is.”

Spielman then added this caveat: “But your roster is never set.”

Spielman pointed out that, for example, players continue to be released by other team. Of course, that’s irrelevant to Griffen, who was and still is free and clear after voiding the final three years of his contract with the Vikings.

“I know our [pro personnel] department [and assistant G.M.] George Paton are working through guys and how we can continue to build this roster, and so in general terms we are trying to conduct business as normal as we can and try to bring guys in here that can potentially help us,” Spielman said.

The abnormal nature of 2020, with no offseason program expected to happen and a season that will entail more limited opportunities to get up to speed than normal, could eventually point to a Griffen return, since he knows the defense inside and out. Still, the salary cap becomes a major consideration, and Griffen would likely have to take a lot less than he’s been looking for on the open market if he wants to give it another go in Minnesota.

The Seahawks reportedly have been considering Griffen as an alternative to Jadeveon Clowney. And it seems like the Seahawks have a specific budget for the position, and that they’re simply waiting for one of the two guys to take whatever the Seahawks are willing to pay.

If that ends up being Clowney, then maybe Griffen eventually decide to take what he can get on a one-year deal in the place where he has spent his entire 10-year career.

16 responses to “Vikings will “never say never” about an Everson Griffen reunion

  1. Even with 27 rookies joining the team, the Vikings did not give out #97, which is the only # in the 90’s still available. Hmmm.

  2. Mentally he and Spielman are tied at the hip. I think he resigns with the purples.

  3. Translation: “Call me early week. Coaches confident in Offadi starting, if necessary.”

  4. A 1 year deal at $6 mil? I’d definitely take him back. No off season program, which means the rookie will be a part time player in 2020 anyway. Much like Hunter, he will probably need 1-2 years to show full potential.

  5. Everson Griffen is beloved in Minnesota and can still play. I’ll be so sad if he goes to the Seahawks.

  6. Our players go to Seattle, and it’s usually one and done.
    Never to be heard from again.
    Come home, Everson.

  7. cribbage12 says:
    May 2, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Mentally he and Spielman are tied at the hip.
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    Mentally tied at the hip and twerking

  8. lavenderlarrylosers says:
    May 2, 2020 at 6:15 pm
    cribbage12 says:
    May 2, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Mentally he and Spielman are tied at the hip.
    ———————

    Mentally tied at the hip and twerking
    ——-
    Pretty sad to make fun of a mental health issue. Weren’t you the same guy crying about people making light of Gary’s 9 on the Wonderlic? As an aside Griffen was 66.7% higher on his Wonderlic. See if Rashaan can figure that brain buster out.

  9. Itd be great to have him, but not at 10mil. This is one of those situations where they probably wouldve overpaid him if they had the cap space, but they dont.

  10. Be nice to have him back, but I’ve got a hunch he goes to the Hawks, if not another team that offers more dough. Everyone seems to be waiting to see where Clowney goes, with quite a few teams needing edge rushers, and I doubt the Vikes can compete financially.

  11. RMoss84HOF says:
    May 2, 2020 at 6:56 pm
    lavenderlarrylosers says:
    May 2, 2020 at 6:15 pm
    cribbage12 says:
    May 2, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Mentally he and Spielman are tied at the hip.
    ———————

    Mentally tied at the hip and twerking
    ——-
    Pretty sad to make fun of a mental health issue. Weren’t you the same guy crying about people making light of Gary’s 9 on the Wonderlic? As an aside Griffen was 66.7% higher on his Wonderlic. See if Rashaan can figure that brain buster out.

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    Well, well, don’t you think you’re the clever one?!? So you Barney bunnies are taking a page out of the Looney-left’s playbook by trying to shame your critics into silence regardless if it’s legit or not. In your case it’s all fake. But hey, that’s one of the benefits of being a mini snowflake, you can bend the truth without thinking twice because you live in a delusional paradise!

  12. It should’ve been his idea to take a team-friendly deal. It’s too late now. That connection, the mutuality, the simpatico, it’s gone now.

  13. 33vikes says:
    May 2, 2020 at 8:17 pm
    Bring him back!! A true Viking.

    ********
    He certainly is, a loser through and through.
    It’s as if they were made for each other.

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