Vikings bring back former Pro Bowl DE Everson Griffen
Everson Griffen makes his wish come true.
The veteran defensive lineman signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier today that Griffen is due to sign, barring an advanced hitch.
“If I didn’t think he could help us, we wouldn’t sign him,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday. “It looks like he’s in a good position and I hope he continues to do so, and if he does, he can help us.”
Griffen spent his first 10 seasons in Minnesota, racking up 74.5 sacks en route to four Pro Bowls with the Vikes. Last season, the 33-year-old played for the Cowboys and Lions, combining six sacks and 33 tackles in 14 games between the two saves.
The rusher trained with the Vikings last week and was hoping for a reunion with the club that made him a fourth-round pick in 2010. Griffen shot QB Kirk Cousins as he walked out of town , but had remorse about it. error on social networks. Vikings inking Griffen point out that any animosity over the end of his decade-long run in Minnesota is water under the bridge.
The veteran lineman said he plans to have a “man-to-man” conversation with Cousins to apologize.
“I haven’t really spoken to him yet, but I’ll get down to it,” Griffen said. “I have apologized to Coach Zimm and (General Manager) Rick (Spielman) for what I said. I take full responsibility. But I still have to talk to Kirk and introduce him to some apologies about this. “
The Vikings struggled a lot last year in defense. Adding Griffen to the mix gives Zimmer an additional option against Danielle Hunter. Zimmer noted that Griffen will be used as a situational player. When he’s fit and motivated, he can still put pressure on the edge. His familiarity with Zimmer’s D is a bonus with less than three weeks to go into the season.