Mike Zimmer says Vikings expect Everson Griffen to re-sign with them
Everson Griffen has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings, but there has been speculation that the veteran defensive end could look for a fresh start now that he has opted out of the final three years of his contract. According to Mike Zimmer, the Vikings do not expect that to happen.
Zimmer told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday that the Vikings met with Griffen’s agent this week and believe they will be bringing the 32-year-old back next season.
Mike Zimmer at podium in Indianapolis says the #Vikings intend to retain Everson Griffen, met with his agent, Brian Murphy, last night.
Zimmer: I feel our situation is best for him, and we’d like to keep him. Usually those things have a way of working out.
— Andrew Krammer (@Andrew_Krammer) February 26, 2020
It seems unlikely that Zimmer would be so confident if Griffen planned to test the open market, so that is a good indication that the four-time Pro Bowler wants to remain in Minnesota. Opting out of his deal may have been more about the actual contract than Griffen’s desire to play elsewhere.
Griffen has 74.5 sacks in his career, and he remained productive last season with eight in 15 games. The Vikings would have a tough time finding a pass-rusher to step in and replace him, and Griffen recently spoke highly of the team and said he does not want to play for anywhere else.