The Minnesota Vikings are kicking off your Monday morning with some news that it’s probably worth getting excited about.
Per numerous sources, the Vikings will be signing defensive end Everson Griffen to a contract today. He was in for a workout last week and apparently impressed the coaches enough where they’re bringing him in for this season. Terms of the deal have not been made public as of yet.
Griffen spent his first 10 seasons in the NFL with the Vikings, moving on to split the 2020 season between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions. He collected 74.5 sacks during his time in Minnesota and was a starter at defensive end for the team from 2014 to 2019.
At this point, I don’t know if Griffen should be immediately penciled in as the starter or anything. Throughout camp, the job has been contested between the reacquired Stephen Weatherly and second-year player D.J. Wonnum. While I don’t question whether or not Griffen has anything left in the tank (because he obviously does), he’s likely going to be more of a rotational player at this point.
Still, this is something to get excited about, I think. Griffen had six sacks last season and can still get after opposing quarterbacks. And I bet he’s pretty excited to be back as well.
Once we get word on what the contract officially looks like, we will bring it to you here. But, for now, it’s time that we say. . .
Welcome (back) to Minnesota, Everson Griffen!