Everson Griffen still wants to return to the Vikings

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After 10 years with the Vikings, defensive end Everson Griffen left Minnesota. He still wants to go back.

Via Will Ragatz of SI.com, Griffen recently texted Paul Allen of KFAN to confirm his desire to re-sign with the Vikings.

“I never should’ve left the Vikings,” Griffen told Allen. “I f–kd up. What I tweeted was wrong. The Vikings organization took great care of me through my ups and downs and I disrespected a lot of people.”

What Griffen tweeted was “Kirk Cousins is ass” and to “ask [coach Mike] ZIMMER if he wanted Kirk.” Although the tweets were deleted, the damage quite possibly was done.

Allen also explained that Griffen “desperately” wants to return to the Vikings.

“He has people in his corner with the Minnesota Vikings, I feel comfortable in saying that,” Allen said. “And I would not rule out Everson Griffen joining the Vikings before the season, but I wouldn’t bet on it.”

The Minnesota pass rush struggled in 2020, after the departure of Griffen and the neck injury that knocked out Danielle Hunter‘s entire season. Griffen had six sacks last year in 14 games (seven with the Cowboys and seven with the Lions), so he still has gas in the tank. A long-time captain of the Minnesota defense, there’s obvious familiarity and, at some level, lingering respect.

It’s a move that could be made if Zimmer decides he’s not happy with his full slate of pass-rushing options, or if an injury happens.

34 responses to “Everson Griffen still wants to return to the Vikings

  1. IDK. On the one hand I’m inclined to give him a pass because he has mental health problems.
    That being said, it seems like the things he said were not really related to the kind of behavior exhibited with those problems. If so, he was being a pretty lousy person to Kirk. Who by all accounts is a very decent guy.

  2. With the tweets he directed about Cousins and Zimmer there is 0 chance that the vikings would bring him back with both his still there.

  3. He needs to tweet: “My opinion has changed, Kirk Cousins is only half-assed!” That might fix it!

  4. He burns the bridge to the water and now expects the Vikings to rebuild it for him? Clueless.

  5. You have to give Griffen credit for admiting he is not looking for a ring.

  6. I’d take him back. He is great with hunter. Let the you by guys try to beat out the veteran.

  7. Would like ya back, but sorry, you can’t trash the QB and expect to come back. Sorry bro.

  8. The team paid him millions, stuck with him through his mental health issues, then he turned on them for no reason apparently. Hell with this guy.

  9. He’d be a great add as a situational pass rusher on a veteran’s minimum contract. But if he thinks that’s going to happen, he’d need to reach out directly to both Kirk and Zim and offer a sincere apology. Kirk might not be perfect, but apologies offered only through the media or other 3rd parties aren’t going to repair the bad feelings that were caused by Griffen’s comments. I’m sure that Spielman and Zimmer have already talked about potentially bringing Griff back, but are worried about the locker room dynamics if damage repair isn’t taken care of beforehand.

  10. If Kirk is truly a man of faith, he’ll turn the other cheek and meet with Griffin to settle their beef, then support his return

  11. *feelfeelfeelfeelmyheat says:
    *If Kirk is truly a man of faith, he’ll turn the other cheek and meet with Griffin to settle *their beef, then support his return

    Faith or not, it is not the responsibility of the offended party to meet and support the offender. Griffin is the one who has all the responsibility here. He needs to do some sincere groveling.

  12. I’m for cutting him a little slack given his mental health issues, and obviously if he apologizes. The real issues are what he has left as a player and the corresponding cost – not much harm on a low-cost, incentive-laden deal. I don’t have much confidence in the right DEs currently on the roster. As stated above, it’s nice to have players begging to be with the team as opposed to those begging to get the heck off it.

  13. An ungrateful ex-employee who believed the grass was greener elsewhere, thumbed his nose on his way out the door out of pure “gratitude,” now forgives everyone for treating him they way they did and wants to reward the Vikings with his return.

    That sounds like a bargain.

  14. Call it a career, ‘Griff. Just like so many players before you, you’re finding out that being an athlete doesn’t give you the right to disrespect the hand that feeds you and still get what you want.

  15. billzbubb says:
    July 3, 2021 at 12:23 pm
    *feelfeelfeelfeelmyheat says:
    *If Kirk is truly a man of faith, he’ll turn the other cheek and meet with Griffin to settle *their beef, then support his return

    Faith or not, it is not the responsibility of the offended party to meet and support the offender. Griffin is the one who has all the responsibility here. He needs to do some sincere groveling
    ———-
    Maybe if it was Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Pat Mahomes, but not the 16th best qb who gets paid like a top 5 and can’t win night games.

    Someone like that needs to be humble

  16. I want a Lombardi. Bring in Jack the ripper if he apologizes and behaves. Outside of Hunter the rest of the DE’s are filled with potential. So was the s3condary last year and we saw how that worked out. Believe it or not, Griffin and the team will work this out if we stay out of it. If he can help us win the big game, give them a chance to do that. If they can’t then cut him.

  17. Who doesn’t want to join the Vikings? Meanwhile people are scrambling to get out of green bay.

  18. If the Vikings need somebody to jump offside on 3rd down he’s the man.

  19. Say what you want. If there are injuries before the season or more likely during the season and he hasn’t signed with another team, those tweets will be forgotten about…

  20. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 3, 2021 at 2:08 pm
    Who doesn’t want to join the Vikings?
    *******
    Well, except for players like Stefon Diggs, Trent Williams, to name a few.
    And basically any other players that value winning Championships over money.

  21. The Vikings moved on from Griffen after the 2019 season.That was a good decision, as Griffen’s behavior since confirms.

    He didn’t last the season in Dallas, and the Lions didn’t extend him, and nobody else has signed the 33 year-old after 5 months of free agency.

    Vikings are better off continuing to have moved on from him. They’ve got promising young DE draft picks that need reps and experience. Putting that on hold for Griffen’s sake ain’t worth it.

  22. >> numba1wiscosportsfan says: Seems like allot of players like it there <<

    Don't confuse desperation with personal choice.

  23. Wow! I didn’t know about those comments and mental issues! He doesn’t seem to have any real love for the Vikings just the paycheck that he’s lost. He should be in counseling dealing with his issues and putting football second.

    So, it’s confirmed that the Cowboys will sign him!

  24. Who doesn’t want to join the Vikings? Meanwhile people are scrambling to get out of green bay.
    —–
    How must it feel to make comments like this season after season and never have your team back you up? How many years without a SB do you have to go before you finally stop talking?

  25. I don’t know. Just keep him out of my motel. I heard what he did at the last one and that’s super scary. That was a nicer one than the one I live in, I guess. But you can’t bear $100 per week, with or without the bedbugs!

  26. He left millions on the table with his choices. Now he has faced the harsh reality that he isnt wanted by teams and at the end of his career. He wants one last paycheck. Give the snaps to the three young guys and Weatherly. Weatherly played well on the other side of Hunter….everyone does. HUnter gets the doubles and chips. Richardson can also play D-end.

  27. Cousins is ass, when it counts Griff isn’t wrong. Truth hurts, and Cousins is also greedy. Other Vikings have taken cuts to stay with the team during Kirk’s time. But Cousins will never be one of them. Brady has it figured out. Better to not take a max contract to help build a better team. Cousins isn’t the only QB that is greedy but he is one of them.

  28. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 3, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t know. Just keep him out of my motel. I heard what he did at the last one and that’s super scary. That was a nicer one than the one I live in, I guess. But you can’t bear $100 per week, with or without the bedbugs!
    ********
    Well this explains a lot!

  29. Can’t hurt to bring him back on an incentive laden deal. If he still has juice you keep him. If he causes any issues you cut bait and move on. I think he’d be a good signing.

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