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.

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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+

 

Author: Matt Falk

Self-confessed NFL Draft and Minnesota Viking addict and founder of DraftSeason.com. Nothing better than predicting each teams and players fate come April. For more, follow me @matt_falk.

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  1. I agree with this grade. I hope that he at least can maintain this grade. The issue is that Zimmers’ DEs, usually don’t garner a lot of sacks. But, hopefully he will be able to put constant pressure on the QB, control the LOS and help create turnovers on the front and back ends.

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