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Everson Griffen wants to stay with the Vikings in free agency

Everson Griffen, Vikings

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen would like to stay with the Vikings. Griffen re-worked his contract ahead of the 2019 season that included a clause that if he got six sacks it would void the last year of his contract and he would become a free agent.

Griffen had a big season lining up opposite of Danielle Hunter and was able to rack up eight sacks. With the sack total, he is set to be a free agent, but the hope is that he doesn’t go anywhere.

Griffen noted how the Vikings stuck with him during his 2018 mental crisis as one of the reasons he would like to stay in the Twin Cities.

“I want to be here,” Griffen said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I love this team. I love this organization. They took great care of me when I needed it the most. I want to be a Viking. We’ll see what happens.”

Griffen was drafted with the 100th overall pick out of USC by the Vikings and played all of his games in purple. Griffen wants to be back, but the big question now is if the Vikings will put a priority on signing him.

The Vikings are going to have to be very creative with their cap space as they go about signing players. According to Spotrac.com, the estimated cap space for the Vikings heading into 2020 is almost $5 million in the hole.

If Griffen does come back, he should play a big role on the Minnesota defense next season.