On Wednesday, Vikings HC Mike Zimmer told reporters at the Combine that they met with DE Everson Griffen’s reps yesterday in Indianapolis.
“Our situation is the right one for him,” Zimmer said, per Ben Goessling. “We want him to be back. We expect him to be back.”
Griffen exercised his option to void the final three years of his contract after hitting two triggers to be able to void his deal last year. He did so 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.
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, 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’ll have more regarding the Vikings and Griffen as the news is available.