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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Mike Zimmer says Vikings expect Everson Griffen to re-sign with them

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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.

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.

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