Griffen is coming off of a Pro Bowl season. On the year, he tallied 41 total tackles, eight sacks, and an interception, the second of his career. The sack total, plus the fact that he played at least 57-percent of the team's defensive snaps, allows him to void the final three years of his deal. That is actually good news for the Vikings.
The defensive end was set to make $13 million in 2020. ESPN projects the Vikings to be $10 million over the cap, before this move. Even so, it doesn't mean that Griffen will play elsewhere next season. There's a chance he could ink a new more team-friendly deal to stay with Minnesota. He has gone on the record to say that he'd like to remain a Vikings.
There could be another major contender for his services, if he elects to head elsewhere. The former USC star played for Pete Carroll in college. Star Tribune Vikings writer Ben Goessling says that his Seattle Seahawks are a team to "keep an eye on." There will certainly be plenty of interest in a player of his caliber.
Everson Griffen was a fourth-round pick out of USC, going No. 100 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.
He's spent his entire career in Minnesota so far. In 147 games—88 of which were starts—he has 74.5 sacks, topping out at 13 in 2017. That year, he was a second team All-Pro.
We'll see what lies ahead for the 32-year old. He'll be a huge lift for whatever team he chooses, especially if it is Minnesota on a deal that doesn't kill their salary cap situation.