According to Tomasson, Seattle may have interest in adding Griffen, depending on whether they re-sign DE Jadeveon Clowney. However, it’s possible that Griffen’s market is being held up by Clowney’s decision.
Griffen announced on Instagram a few weeks ago that he won’t be returning to Minnesota in 2020.
“We have broken off talks with Minnesota because they have to spend their money elsewhere and we decided to now focus our attention on free agency,” Griffen’s agent Brian Murphy said, per Tom Pelissero.
Minnesota was expected to release Griffen last year but was able to bring him back on a restructured deal that paid him $8 million but included the potential out if he met certain incentives.
Griffen hit two triggers to be able to void his deal last year by recording more than six sacks and playing more than 57 percent of the snaps. The move cleared $13 million in cap space for the Vikings.
Griffen, 32, is a former fourth-round pick of the Vikings back in 2010. He signed a six-year, $75 million contract that includes $34 million guaranteed in 2017 and was set to make base salaries of $12.9 million and $13.4 million the next two seasons.
In 2019, Griffen appeared in 15 games for the Vikings and recorded 41 tackles, eight sacks, one interception and two pass defenses.
We have him included in our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.