MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After 10 seasons with the team, free agent defensive end Everson Griffen won’t be returning to the Minnesota Vikings.
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“While it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye, I leave Minnesota in the best physical and mental shape I have ever been and have many Pro Bowl seasons to come,” he said. “Wherever my next stop is, I will always be grateful to and cheering for the Vikings. Thank you all for the love, support and memories.”
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NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero says Griffen will now focus on free agency.
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Everson Griffen is leaving the #Vikings.
Statement from Griffen's agent, Brian Murphy: "We have broken off talks with Minnesota because they have to spend their money elsewhere and we decided to now focus our attention on free agency."
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 20, 2020
The Vikings recently extended quarterback Kirk Cousins’ contract, but have also lost key starters like cornerback Trae Waynes and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.