Grading the Vikings Re-Signing of Everson Griffen
Career Stats: 4 Years in league | 85 tackles | 17. 5 sacks | 1 Int | 1 TD
While it was somewhat expected the Vikings officially re-signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a five-year, $42 million contract, with 13 million fully guaranteed. Griffen has been a role player during his 4 years in Minnesota, but with the departure of Jared Allen he will finally get to show Viking fans what he has to offer. One thing is pretty clear, when he was on the field he was able to make plays putting up 8 sacks in 2012. The USC alum was also tossed all over the place on defense during his time under Frazier, lining up at linebacker AND defensive end, with this amount of money look for him to be a full time defensive end.
While it is a bit risky signing a player who has never been a full-time starter at this amount, I think he has proven he can be a force and has the ability to put up a good number of sacks as a full-time starter. This will squash a need at defensive end heading into the draft and free agency and give the Vikes the ability to focus on other positions.
I personally am a big Griffen fan and love the chance to see what he can bring to the table, I would be very surprised if he doesn’t put up 10 plus sacks in 2014.
Overall Grade of the Signing of Everson Griffen: B+