Everson Griffen is headed dwelling. He and the Minnesota Vikings could not come to phrases on his future with the membership following the 2019 season however, two years later, he is reuniting with them following a exercise with the staff final week. The staff introduced Griffen’s signing on its official Twitter account.
This resolves a significant want for the Vikings, after having misplaced Yannick Ngakoue to the Las Vegas Raiders in free company. Griffen will be a part of Sheldon Richardson in returning to the Vikings defensive entrance this coming season.
On paper, it definitely strengthens the unit, one headlined by Danielle Hunter and Dalvin Tomlinson, the latter having additionally been acquired this 12 months [via free agency]; together with Richardson, Griffen and Michael Pierce, so it seems issues are coming collectively for Mike Zimmer’s new-look move rush unit.
Griffen negotiated a clause into his earlier contract with the Vikings that allowed for the voiding of the ultimate three years of his deal if two standards had been met. He’d first need to play in at the least 57 % of the snaps in 2019, and ship a minimal of six sacks within the course of. He’d finish the season with 15 begins and eight sacks beneath his belt, giving him the appropriate to choose out of the rest of his deal and, and he did simply that. The four-year, $58 million extension signed in 2017 initially locked him in by the 2022 season, and he agreed to a restructuring of the deal in 2019 — a transfer that, in and of itself, hinted at what was to return.
The four-time Professional Bowler went on to signal with the Dallas Cowboys however that did not go nicely, main them to commerce him to the Detroit Lions simply forward of the NFL deadline in October. He’d fare barely higher within the Motor Metropolis — logging 3.5 sacks — however did not re-sign with the Lions as soon as the season concluded.
As a substitute, whereas he’ll stay within the acquainted NFC North, it’s going to be in an equally acquainted Vikings uniform. Griffen spent 10 seasons in Minnesota previous to leaving for what he thought can be greener pastures, however had been something however.
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