Report: Long-time Vikings star Everson Griffen, Packers have ‘mutual interest’

By Jesse Reed
Jan 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) interacts with fans before the start of the game against the San Francisco 49ers in a NFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran free agent defensive end Everson Griffen spent his first 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Now, he has interest in signing with the Green Bay Packers.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Griffen and the Packers have “mutual interest” in potentially signing a contract.

Adding a player of Griffen’s caliber would be a huge move for Green Bay. Even better, it could potentially take away from a divisional rival.

As noted by Rapoport, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has expressed interest in bringing him back for the 2020 season. Stacy Dales of NFL Network shared the following quote from Zimmer on Sunday.

Everson Griffen has a long history of putting up big stats

You don’t play a decade in the NFL without proving again and again how productive you are. That’s certainly been the case for Griffen, who has put up big-time numbers since earning full-time starting duties in 2014.

A former fourth-round pick out of USC in 2010, Griffen spent his first four seasons primarily as a reserve. But once he took over as a starter, he proved to be one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers. He put up huge stats from 2014-17, logging 43.5 sacks during that four-year stretch.

All told, Griffen has tallied 355 tackles, 74.5 sacks, 176 quarterback hits, nine forced fumbles, six recoveries, two interceptions and two defensive touchdowns in 147 career games.