The former Minnesota Vikings edge rusher Everson Griffen apologized for critical tweets about Kirk Cousins.
Griffen is prepared to navigate through another offseason as a free agent. This week, Griffen posted on his Instagram story a photo of him sitting in his car in the parking lot of the Minnesota Vikings’ facility. However, he might’ve put a damper on those plans on Saturday, as he went on a critical Twitter rant about the play of current Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Hours later (after deleting those tweets), Griffen tweeted out an apology to Cousins, saying it wasn’t “right for [him] to call people out.”
I’m sorry for posting that about Kirk. It’s not right for me to call people out. I apologize for hurting him. I’m very grateful and thankful.
— Everson Griffen (@EversonGriffen) January 9, 2021
Griffen looking to return to Minnesota in 2021
Griffen had spent his entire career in Minnesota up until the conclusion of the 2019 season. Much like the rest of the edge rusher market, Griffen waited a while to sign a contract. The deal he ended up putting pen to paper for was with the Dallas Cowboys, who were deemed the winners of the offseason. The problem was that Dallas’ defense was among the worst in the league under coordinator Mike Nolan, who was just fired this week.
The veteran’s stint in Dallas lasted a total of seven games, as he was traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a conditional 2021 sixth-round pick. During his time with the Lions, Griffen played the Vikings twice, where he accumulated a total of five tackles and one run-stuff.
All in all in 2020, Griffen has 33 tackles, six sacks, four passes defensed and three run-stuffs.
With Griffen’s recent desire to return to the Vikings, it’s unknown if his comments towards Cousins will prevent that from becoming a reality. Cousins has two years remaining on his current deal and carries $41 million in dead cap in 2021, so that says all you need to know about his status in Minnesota (he’s staying). Who knows, maybe Cousins will let bygones be bygones.
Either way, Griffen and the Vikings can’t sign a contract until the start of the new league year on March 17.