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Everson Griffen | Defensive Lineman | #97

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 273
College: USC
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (100) / MIN
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Vikings DE Everson Griffen (foot) said he will "for sure" play Week 11 against the Rams.
Griffen was forced to miss the win over Washington because of a foot injury, but he does not plan to sit out a massive NFC showdown with the Rams. "My foot feels great," Griffen said. "Yeah, I’ll be playing on Sunday for sure." Even after missing a game, Griffen is third in the league with 10 sacks and has at least one in every game he has played. His return is a massive boost for the defense. Nov 16 - 11:31 AM

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Vikings DE Everson Griffen (foot/back) is inactive for Sunday's Week 10 game at Washington. QB Kyle Sloter, WR Stacy Coley, RB Mack Brown, T Mike Remmers, Jeremiah Sirles, and DE Tashawn Bower are also inactive for Minnesota on Sunday.

Griffen's absence is surprising, but was declared inactive after warming up prior to the game. Griffen leads the Vikings with 10.0 sacks on the season and has had at least one sack in every game this season. With Washington getting their entire offensive line back on the field this Sunday, the Minnesota pass rush takes a major step back with the loss of Griffen.
Nov 12 - 11:43 AM

Vikins signed RE Everson Griffen to a four-year, $58 million extension through 2022.

The deal contains $34 million guaranteed, and the $14.5 million per-year average in new money makes Griffen the third-highest-paid 4-3 end behind only Giants teammates Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. Griffen isn't a household name to the casual fan, but he's been wrecking quarterbacks ever since taking over as a full-time starter in 2014. Griffen is now under contract through his age-35 season.
Jul 26 - 12:50 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Vikings and RE Everson Griffen are finalizing a four-year extension.

According to RapSheet, it will be "massive." Since becoming a starter in 2014, Griffen has amassed 30.5 sacks across three seasons and was Pro Football Focus' No. 7 pass-rushing 4-3 end out of 53 qualifiers in 2016. With Griffen and Danielle Hunter, the Vikings have one of the better defensive end duos in the league.
Jul 26 - 11:24 AM

Vikings RE Everson Griffen has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3.

The Vikings defense terrorized Cam Newton last Sunday, and Griffen pitched in with three sacks, three tackles for loss, and nine combined sacks, hits, and hurries on the quarterback. He'll be in another prime spot Monday night against pass protection-deficient Giants LT Ereck Flowers.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 12:34:00 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Mark Craig reports Vikings RE Everson Griffen has been "at the top of the mountain" as the best player at camp.

Griffen has quietly turned into a star in Minnesota, registering 22.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Craig goes as far to call Griffen a better player than retired Vikings RE Jared Allen. Griffen is a candidate to take another step and possibly top the 15-sack mark with so much defensive talent in Minnesota.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 12:55:00 PM

Vikings RE Everson Griffen said his shoulder is back to 100 percent.

Griffen hurt his right shoulder against the Lions in Week 7 but never missed any games. He met with Dr. James Andrews after the season to discuss surgery but they both decided it wasn't necessary. Griffen has denied reports that he suffered a torn labrum and doesn't expect to have any limitations when the Vikings open spring drills on Monday. The 28-year-old earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2015.
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 02:57:00 PM

Vikings RE Everson Griffen is recovering from a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Griffen popped up on the injury report late in the season with a shoulder issue, and coach Mike Zimmer said after the playoffs that he expected Griffen to undergo surgery. Speaking at the Combine on Thursday, Zimmer said Griffen actually has no surgery planned. The 28-year-old made the Pro Bowl last season and piled up 10.5 sacks, grading out as PFF's No. 7 pass-rushing 4-3 end.
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 09:39:00 AM

Vikings RE Everson Griffen has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 17.

Griffen recorded two sacks of Aaron Rodgers in last Sunday night's NFC North-winning game against the Packers. On his first sack, Griffen forced a Rodgers fumble that was returned for a touchdown by CB Captain Munnerlyn. His second sack forced a late field goal. Griffen piled up 10.5 sacks on the year and has 22.5 over the past two seasons as Minnesota's top pass rusher.
Wed, Jan 6, 2016 12:37:00 PM

Vikings RE Everson Griffen (shoulder) is questionable for Week 15.

Despite the questionable tag, Griffen got in a limited practice Friday and expects to play. The Vikings will be without LB Anthony Barr and S Harrison Smith against Chicago, but their defensive line should be close to fully healthy if DT Linval Joseph (questionable, foot) returns this week.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 02:38:00 PM

Vikings RE Everson Griffen underwent heart-related tests after checking into a hospital Sunday morning.

Griffen said he felt sick on Sunday morning before heading to the hospital. The tests were reportedly "precautionary" and did not reveal an irregular heartbeat. Griffen did not practice on Wednesday, but he is expected to be a full participant on Thursday and play against Detroit this Sunday.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 12:21:00 PM

Vikings RE Everson Griffen (illness) is inactive for Week 6 against the Chiefs.

It's a downgrade to the Vikings as a Week 6 streaming option. Griffen has three sacks and is Minnesota's best pass rusher. Danielle Hunter and Scott Crichton will replace Griffen opposite Brian Robison.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 12:18:00 PM

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.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 01:25:00 PM

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.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 09:14:00 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.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 08:14:00 PM