Four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen is reportedly hoping for a return to Minnesota.
According to Minnesota insider Darren Wolfson, Griffen will try out with the Vikings — the team that drafted him back in 2010 — on Wednesday.
Tag-teaming a mini-scoop with @ChrisLongKSTP: Free agent DE Everson Griffen (@EversonGriffen) will tryout for the #Vikings tomorrow.
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) August 18, 2021
After he was selected with a fourth-round pick, Griffen played 10 years in Minnesota. Through that stint, the former No. 100 overall pick logged 74.5 sacks, 355 tackles and 86 tackles for loss.
In his most recent season with the Vikings in 2019, Griffen notched 8.0 sacks, 41 tackles and 11 tackles for loss en route to his fourth Pro Bowl selection in five years.
Despite playing his entire career in Minnesota, Griffen called it quits with the Vikings in 2019 after talks of a major pay cut in 2020. Under the impression that the team would cut him if he kept his expected $13.9 million contract, the veteran DE voided his contract and became a free agent for the first time in his career.
Before the 2020 season, Griffen signed with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year, $6 million deal. Through seven games of action, that transition didn’t exactly pan out — resulting in just 2.5 sacks and 20 tackles. Griffen was traded to the Detroit Lions midway through the season in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick.
Now, Griffen is an unrestricted free agent yet again. And according to recent reports, he “desperately” wants to find his way back on to the Vikings’ roster.
He will get that chance on Wednesday.
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