Defensive end Everson Griffen helped the Detroit Lions add a little juice to their pass rush in the final months of the 2020 season. He produced 15 pressures and 3.5 sacks in seven games after the Lions traded for him before the deadline.
But if you were hoping Griffen was going to come back to Detroit under whoever the next head coach and general manager would be, it appears the veteran defender has other plans. For the past week, Griffen has been blowing up his own social media accounts that read like love letters for his former team, the Minnesota Vikings. He’s posted videos of himself driving by U.S. Bank Stadium with a big heart emoji over it. He’s been retweeting Vikings fans begging him to come back. He even posted a video on Instagram of him reuinted with Jon Graves, a sports medicine specials from his days with the Vikings.
And if that wasn’t enough, he’s straight up told some media members in Minnesota.
“You tell them I said, ‘If you want it, go get it,’” Griffen told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
There’s also this:
One final note on this: Everson Griffen does want to return to the Vikings, per a source. He’s training in hopes of signing a deal. Free agency opens in March. We’ll see if the Vikings have interest in him.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) January 8, 2021
Griffen, who just turned 33, is set to become a free agent at the start of the new league year in March. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer recently said that a priority for the team is to add some pass rusher, but the Lions obviously have just as pressing of a need, if not more.
We’ll see how in-demand someone like Griffen is, but one thing is for sure, it appears that beef between Griffen and Zimmer is over.