- Height / Weight
- 6'3" / 273 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- December 22, 1987 (31)
- 10th Season
- 2010 / Rd. 4 / Pk. 100 (MIN)
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman announced on Thursday that the team restructured the contract of defensive end Everson Griffen. Griffen was a fourth-round pick in 2010 and turned into a starter in 2014. He has 66.5 sacks (seventh in Vikings history) in 73 starts and 132 total games for Minnesota. Griffen stepped away in the 2018 season for five weeks to focus on his mental health, but he returned in Week 8 and is "in a very good place" now, according to Spielman. Over a full season, Griffen could easily return to double-digit sacks and be a force in IDP leagues.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who has been away from the team to tend to his mental-health issues in recent weeks, is expected to return and play against the Saints in Week 8. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle) is questionable to play. Griffen could be on a snap count, but his presence is a huge boost to the team's pass rush and is bad news for Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Brees could catch a break in the passing game, though, if Rhodes is unable to play.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who has been away from the team since Sept. 20 to deal with his personal health, will resume activities with the team on Wednesday. It remains to be seen if Griffen will play in Week 8 against the Saints, but it's a step in the right direction for a player that had a career-high 13 sacks in 2017. When on the field, he's the team's best pass rusher and would give them a big boost if he were to return. In IDP leagues, Griffen is a difference-maker.