Everson Griffen may be moving on from Minnesota this offseason, but not if head coach Mike Zimmer has any say in the matter. Griffen, a defensive captain for the Vikings, has been a franchise cornerstone on a defense that has evolved into one of the NFL's best.
However, after a lackluster 2018 season where Griffen recorded just 5.5 sacks in 11 games, Minnesota is debating cutting ties with the 31 year old. Zimmer thinks highly of Griffen and is reportedly encouraging the team to keep him on board for the 2019 campaign.
.@DWolfsonKSTP thinks Zimmer is "offering up resistance" on moving on from Everson Griffen. Would be tough to lose two defensive captains (Barr gone) in one offseason. But it's ultimately not Zim's decision and cap space is at a premium.— Andy (@AndyCarlsonShow) March 7, 2019
With Anthony Barr, another defensive captain for the Vikings, likely to leave Minnesota during free agency, moving on from Griffen would leave the Minnesota defense without two captains and core players from the unit.
Considering the Vikings' bread and butter in recent seasons has been their defense, taking another core player away would create even more adversity for a unit that must bounce back from an incredibly disappointing 2018 season.