Everson Griffen won't return to Vikings, Seahawks a prime candidate to sign him

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Joe Fann
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Everson Griffen will have a new home in 2020. He posted a thank you message to the Vikings organization and its fans on Instagram on Friday, assuring that he'll be playing elsewhere next season.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero followed up with a quote from Griffen's agent Brian Murphy.

"We have broken off talks with Minnesota because they have to spend their money elsewhere and we decided to now focus our attention on free agency," Murphy said.

So now the big question is where will Griffen land? He'll undoubtedly have plenty of suitors, even at 32 years old. Griffen posted 9.5 sacks for the Vikings in 2019 (playoffs included) and made his fourth career Pro Bowl. He added 11 tackles for loss, 70 total quarterback pressures and a Pro Football Focus grade of 76.0.

The Seahawks have surely been in contact with Murphy and Griffen already. There's a clear connection as Pete Carroll coached Griffen in college at USC. Seattle's need for a premier edge rusher has been well documented, and the Seahawks are runnning out of options in free agency. Griffen and Jadeveon Clowney are the final two top-level rushers left on the open market.

According to Aaron Wilson, Clowney is holding out for a $20 million APY offer that he's yet to receive. Wilson added that Clowney is weighing one-year offers in order to recoup some of his value and hit the open market again in 2021. Depending on how patient Clowney is willing to be, the Seahawks may have to bow out and go with Griffen in order to make sure they don't get left empty handed.

Of course, if you spoke with Seahawks fans, they'd tell you that Seattle should sign both. There's a chance for John Schneider and Carroll to do so if they part ways with Justin Britt, Ed Dickson and potentially others in order to create more cap space.

We're all still waiting to see which option Seattle picks. One thing is clear, landing Griffen or Clowney feels mandatory for the Seahawks.

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