MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings lose another key member of their defense in free agency.
Defensive end Everson Griffen, who spent 10 seasons in Minnesota after being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, says goodbye to the state and Vikings fans.
“It is with great regret that I say goodbye, I leave Minnesota in the best physical and mental shape I have ever been in and I hope that more Pro Bowl seasons will come,” read the player’s Instagram post. “Whatever stop awaits me, I will always be grateful and supportive of the Vikings.”RELATED
Griffen, 32, canceled the remaining three years of his contract (2020-2022) in February after double digits last season – hitting six or more sacks and playing 57% or more of the snaps. Many contracts automatically void once they reach a certain limit; Griffen, however, was one of two players last season who had control of his contract, sources told ESPN.
The move leaves $ 13.1 million free at Minnesota’s top salary, shortly after starting free agency.