Everson Griffen DL MIN 2 Months
Vikings DE Everson Griffen says the team has offered him a contract extension but it "wasn't in the ballpark."
Griffen, 25, is in the final year of his rookie contract. LE Brian Robison signed a new four-year deal Wednesday, and Griffen would seem to be the next guy in line for a new contract. With Jared Allen seeming unlikely to re-sign with the Vikings after the season, Griffen could be asked to start opposite Robison in 2014. He's going to need a contract first. Griffen has amassed 13 sacks over the last two-plus seasons. The two sides are still talking, Griffen confirmed.
Everson Griffen DL MIN 8 Months
The Vikings' best four defensive linemen -- Everson Griffin, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, and Brian Robison -- are all entering contract years in 2013.
It's notable for the upcoming draft because the Vikings may be a sleeper team to select a defensive lineman earlier than people expect. GM Rick Spielman has six picks in the top 120. Griffen is technically a backup, but he's flashed dominant pass-rush ability whenever given the opportunity to play. Only 25 years old, Griffen amassed eight sacks, a forced fumble, and a pick six in 2012.
Everson Griffen DL MIN 10 Months
Vikings DE Everson Griffen's base salary will be up from $575,000 to $630,000 in 2013 after he hit escalators in his rookie contract.
Minnesota tried converting Griffen into an outside linebacker last summer, but they smartly moved him back to defensive end. He responded by notching a career-high eight sacks while working in as the third pass rusher behind Jared Allen and Brian Robison. All three of Allen, Griffen, and Robison are entering the final years of their respective deals.
Everson Griffen DL MIN Aug 13 '12
The Vikings have shifted LB Everson Griffen back to defensive end.
"We saw enough of him at linebacker where we feel like this is going to be better for him," coach Leslie Frazier said. Despite playing only 265 snaps last season, Griffen notched four sacks and 14 pressures. He'll remain a pass-rushing specialist and special teamer.
Everson Griffen DL MIN Aug 06 '12
According to Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, converted DE Everson Griffen has been "kind of sporadic" at linebacker.
"He's had some good moments and he's had some other moments where we'd like it to come a little bit faster," Frazier said. "But we're going to give him a little time and see how he does throughout this week and even in the (preseason opener), and then we'll sit down and evaluate things after that game." Griffen will be a pass-rushing specialist at whatever position he mans in 2012.
Everson Griffen DL MIN Jul 27 '12
Everson Griffen, whom the Vikings have converted from defensive end to linebacker, weighed in at 258 pounds as training camp opened.
He has been regularly listed at 273, so it's a significant weight loss. Griffen won't be an every-down linebacker in Minnesota's 4-3, but he could give the team another option as a stand-up pass rusher. Griffen can get to the QB.
Everson Griffen DL MIN Jul 09 '12
Vikings DE Everson Griffen will report to camp as a linebacker, and could be in for a permanent position switch depending on how he performs in the preseason.
The Vikings decided to make the switch on the final day of minicamp. Buried on the depth chart behind workhorses Jared Allen and Brian Robison at end, Griffen was productive as a pass-rusher in limited snaps as a linebacker last season. He's already shed 10 pounds from his 273-pound frame in anticipation of the conversion. If Griffen impresses in camp and the Vikings follow through on the switch, he'll be an intriguing long-term prospect in IDP dynasty leagues.
Everson Griffen DL MIN Jun 21 '12
Vikings coaches are looking for ways to get DE Everson Griffen on the field more in 2012.
The athletic Griffen was used at linebacker in certain third-down situations last year, racking up 14 QB pressures in limited snaps. The Vikes will look to increase those looks this year. Jared Allen and Brian Robison are entrenched as the starters at defensive end.
Everson Griffen DL MIN Feb 03 '12
Vikings DE Everson Griffin played only 25.3 percent of the team's 2011 defensive snaps, but finished fourth on the team in sacks (4.0) and racked up 14 quarterback pressures.
Beat writer Tom Pelissero is adamant Griffen deserves more playing time, but the Vikings haven't found creative ways to do it. Per Pelissero, who charted all of Minnesota's 2011 defensive snaps, Griffen displayed "a variety of pass-rush moves from both end spots" and was "OK in the run game, too." Highly athletic, Griffen also finished second on the Vikings with 18 special teams tackles.
Everson Griffen DL MIN Aug 29 '11
The Vikings will give DE Everson Griffen a look as a stand-up outside linebacker in practice this week.
Coach Leslie Frazier says the Vikings "for sure" want Griffen available if needed at linebacker, especially on the weak side. Griffen is 6-foot-3, 273, but runs a legit 4.6 forty and could add a new dimension to Minnesota's pass rush if the position switch sticks. It's also a nod to rookie DL Christian Ballard, whom the Vikings have been extremely pleased with in the preseason.