Pass-rusher Everson Griffen expected to sign with Minnesota Vikings, source says

EAGAN (Minn.) -- Everson Griffen, a veteran pass-rusher who is free to sign, is expected to sign with Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN.
Griffen, 33 years old, was selected by Minnesota as the fourth rounder in the 2010 NFL draft. He spent 10 years with the Vikings. Griffen's total of 74.5 sacks between 2010 and '19 ranks seventh in franchise history. He was named Pro Bowler in Minnesota four times, including three consecutive seasons from 2015-17.

Griffen decided to opt out of his contract in February 2020 and became a free agent. In August 2020, Griffen signed a one year contract with the Dallas Cowboys and was traded to Detroit Lions two month later. Griffen had six sacks and 33 tackles last season (seven for loss), as well as 14 quarterback hits.

According to a source, the terms of Griffen’s contract are still being negotiated.

NFL Network first reported Griffen's anticipated return.

Minnesota's most important position battle in training camp is to find who will start at the defensive end opposite Danielle Hunter. Stephen Weatherly, D.J. Wonnum were the front-runners in the preseason. However, the team opened the door for more competition when Griffen was brought in for a workout last Wednesday.

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