A four-time NFL Pro Bowler is reportedly voiding the remainder of his contract so he can enter free agency.
Everson Griffen, 32, has reportedly told the Minnesota Vikings that he’s opting out of his contract, voiding the remaining three years. He will become a free agent.
The four-time Pro Bowl lineman had until February 25 to exercise this aspect of his contract. He’s reportedly chosen to do it.
“Griffen met two figures that voided the final three years of his contract (2020-22) by tallying six or more sacks and playing 57% or more of the snaps last season, and he exercised the right to opt out of his deal, a source told ESPN,” Courtney Cronin reports.
Griffen has played for the Vikings since 2010. He was a fourth-round pick out of USC in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The Vikings reportedly have interest in re-signing Griffen.
“There’s a belief that Minnesota will work out a way to keep him around at a reduced price,” Cronin reports.
Griffen has previously said that he wants to remain in Minnesota.
“I want to be here,” Griffen said. “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.”