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Everson Griffen | Defensive Lineman

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 273
College: USC
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Vikings re-signed RE Everson Griffen to a five-year, $42.5 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.
This is shaping up as a highly-paid 2014 free agent class. Retaining Griffen is still a critical maneuver for GM Rick Spielman, whose defensive line has underwhelmed recently and crumbled almost entirely in 2013. DTs Kevin Williams and Fred Evans are free agents, NT Letroy Guion was released, and RE Jared Allen isn't coming back. Griffen has been "blocked" by Allen and LE Brian Robison the past several seasons, but still managed 13.5 sacks over the last two in a clear-cut reserve role, and just turned 26 in December. He's a high-ceiling prospect with 2014 breakout potential in IDP leagues. Look for Griffen to take over as Minnesota's every-down right defensive end, replacing Allen. Mar 9 - 1:25 PM

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Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings "have not talked about (franchise) tags at all" regarding free agent DE Everson Griffen.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune speculated Griffen might be tagged by the DE needy Vikes, but that was always unlikely. The defensive end tag is the most expensive non-QB tag at $12.6 million -- a hefty price for a player that has never been an NFL starter. Minnesota is interested in re-signing Griffen, but it may be to a short-term deal that allows him to earn a bigger contract in two or three years. Griffen is our No. 6 free-agent defensive end.
Feb 22 - 9:14 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune suggests free agent DE Everson Griffen as a franchise tag candidate for the Vikings.

It's hard to imagine because Griffen has never been an NFL starter and the defensive end tag ($12.6M) is the most expensive position among non-QBs, but this highlights Minnesota's need in the trenches. Kevin Williams and Jared Allen are both free agents, leaving Brian Robison as the team's lone accomplished end. Griffen needs to be a priority for GM Rick Spielman to retain.
Feb 19 - 8:14 PM

ESPN Vikings blogger Ben Goessling suggests free agent DE Everson Griffen could opt for a short-term deal.

Griffen posted just 5.5 sacks last season as a rotational end, one year after racking up eight sacks. He just turned 26 in December and could seek a two- or three-year deal in order to cash in again at age 28 or 29. The Vikings are fully expected to make an effort to re-sign Griffen with Jared Allen also a free agent and not expected to return. Griffen is our No. 7 free-agent defensive end.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 9:36 AM

ESPN reports impending free agent DE Everson Griffen hasn't had any recent contract discussions with the Vikings.

The No. 100 overall pick of the 2010 draft, Griffen has served as a pass-rushing specialist, racking up 13.5 sacks over the past two seasons despite making only one start. He played 717 snaps in 2013, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 19 4-3 end. Griffen revealed in October that the Vikings offered him an extension, but that it "wasn't in the ballpark" of what he was looking for. Griffen is going to be a starter in 2014, it's just a matter of if it's with the Vikings. With RE Jared Allen all but certain to walk in free agency, Griffen is an ideal candidate to slide in opposite LE Brian Robison.
Jan 7 - 5:36 PM

Vikings DE Everson Griffen says the team has offered him a contract extension but it "wasn't in the ballpark."

Griffen, 25, is in the final year of his rookie contract. LE Brian Robison signed a new four-year, $28 million deal Wednesday, and Griffen would seem next in line for a new contract. With Jared Allen unlikely to re-sign with the Vikings after the season, Griffen could be asked to start opposite Robison in 2014. He's going to need a contract first. Griffen has amassed 13 sacks over the last two-plus seasons. The two sides are still talking, Griffen confirmed.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 04:21:00 PM

The Vikings' best four defensive linemen -- Everson Griffin, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, and Brian Robison -- are all entering contract years in 2013.

It's notable for the upcoming draft because the Vikings may be a sleeper team to select a defensive lineman earlier than people expect. GM Rick Spielman has six picks in the top 120. Griffen is technically a backup, but he's flashed dominant pass-rush ability whenever given the opportunity to play. Only 25 years old, Griffen amassed eight sacks, a forced fumble, and a pick six in 2012.
Sun, Apr 21, 2013 01:09:00 PM

The Vikings have shifted LB Everson Griffen back to defensive end.

"We saw enough of him at linebacker where we feel like this is going to be better for him," coach Leslie Frazier said, admitting defeat. Despite playing only 265 snaps last season, Griffen notched four sacks and 14 pressures. He'll remain a pass-rushing specialist and special teamer.
Mon, Aug 13, 2012 07:18:00 PM

According to Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, converted DE Everson Griffen has been "kind of sporadic" at linebacker.

"He's had some good moments and he's had some other moments where we'd like it to come a little bit faster," Frazier said. "But we're going to give him a little time and see how he does throughout this week and even in the (preseason opener), and then we'll sit down and evaluate things after that game." Griffen will be a pass-rushing specialist at whatever position he mans in 2012.
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 09:21:00 PM

Everson Griffen, whom the Vikings have converted from defensive end to linebacker, weighed in at 258 pounds as training camp opened.

He has been regularly listed at 273, so it's a significant weight loss. Griffen won't be an every-down linebacker in Minnesota's 4-3, but he could give the team another option as a stand-up pass rusher. Griffen can get to the QB.
Fri, Jul 27, 2012 12:58:00 PM

Vikings DE Everson Griffen will report to camp as a linebacker, and could be in for a permanent position switch depending on how he performs in the preseason.

The Vikings decided to make the switch on the final day of minicamp. Buried on the depth chart behind workhorses Jared Allen and Brian Robison at end, Griffen was productive as a pass-rusher in limited snaps as a linebacker last season. He's already shed 10 pounds from his 273-pound frame in anticipation of the conversion. If Griffen impresses in camp, he could add a new dimension to a Vikings pass rush that tied for the league-lead with 50 sacks last season.
Mon, Jul 9, 2012 02:25:00 PM

Vikings coaches are looking for ways to get DE Everson Griffen on the field more in 2012.

The athletic Griffen was used at linebacker in certain third-down situations last year, racking up 14 QB pressures in limited snaps. The Vikes will look to increase those looks this year. Jared Allen and Brian Robison are entrenched as the starters at defensive end.
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 06:34:00 PM

Vikings DE Everson Griffin played only 25.3 percent of the team's 2011 defensive snaps, but finished fourth on the team in sacks (4.0) and racked up 14 quarterback pressures.

Beat writer Tom Pelissero is adamant Griffen deserves more playing time, but the Vikings haven't found creative ways to do it. Per Pelissero, who charted all of Minnesota's 2011 defensive snaps, Griffen displayed "a variety of pass-rush moves from both end spots" and was "OK in the run game, too." Highly athletic, Griffen also finished second on the Vikings with 18 special teams tackles.
Fri, Feb 3, 2012 04:10:00 PM

The Vikings will give DE Everson Griffen a look as a stand-up outside linebacker in practice this week.

Coach Leslie Frazier says the Vikings "for sure" want Griffen available if needed at linebacker, especially on the weak side. Griffen is 6-foot-3, 273, but runs a legit 4.6 forty and could add a new dimension to Minnesota's pass rush if the position switch sticks. It's also a nod to rookie DL Christian Ballard, whom the Vikings have been extremely pleased with in the preseason.
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 04:13:00 PM

Vikings DE Everson Griffen is anxious to move on from his arrest-marred offseason.

"I had a little rough stretch," Griffen said. "That's not me at all. I'm just trying to make changes. I've got big years coming up. I'm just trying to show the Minnesota Vikings I'm here for good." All charges stemming from Griffen's two January arrests have been dropped, but it's possible he could still be facing a league-mandated suspension for his poor behavior at the end of the lockout.
Sat, May 21, 2011 03:19:00 PM

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