As Kyle informed you of earlier, Leslie Frazier spoke today at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He did mention Joe Webb, but there was another thing that he mentioned that has me a bit curious.
We all know that cornerback Cedric Griffin struggled this year, to the point where he was benched for a couple of games (despite not being deactivated). When the final gun sounded at the end of the season finale, a lot of us. . .myself included. . .assumed that it would be the last time we had seen Griffin in a Minnesota Vikings' uniform. However, according to what Frazier said today, that might not be the case.
"He was coming off a major knee surgery a year ago, and sometimes guys need a year under their belt before they can really get back to (production) they had before," Frazier said. "It remains to be seen if he's one of those guys."
"I think he's in the right frame of mind," Frazier said. "We've just got to get him to where he's 100 percent healthy and confident about the things he's capable of doing."
We know that Cedric Griffin has had some big injury issues over the past couple of seasons, including tearing both of his ACLs in the 2010 calendar year. It's possible that his bad play in 2011 had to do with being a bit tentative after going through so many issues with his knees, I don't know for sure (and neither, quite frankly, does anyone but Cedric Griffin). However, one would think that there's almost no chance that Cedric Griffin is back next year at a salary of $4.1 million, and I would think that the Vikings would ask him to restructure if they were interested in bringing him back in 2012.
The article linked above, written by Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, does mention that the Vikings have had internal discussions about moving Griffin to safety. Anyone that's been a reader here for long enough knows that I've been yelling for that for a couple of seasons now, and I still think it would be a great move if Griffin is healthy. He's got the size to play safety, and he's generally a pretty good tackler when he's healthy. If Griffin is going to stay in Minnesota, I'd like to see the Vikings make that particular move.
What say you, Viking fans?