Everson Griffen sat out the ultimate seven video games of the season as he handled a psychological well being incident, however the Vikings defensive finish advised Chris Tomasson of TwinCities.com that he’s “doing great” and intends to play subsequent season.
“Yeah, of course I’m looking to play again this season,” the approaching free agent advised the reporter.
In November, there was an incident at Griffen’s dwelling. He first wrote in an Instagram story that he wanted assist and folks have been “trying to kill” him, and he later refused to depart the premises. Griffen known as police himself and requested help himself, and whereas police acknowledged that the participant had fired a spherical, nobody was injured. The defensive lineman had earlier psychological well being incidents in 2018.
“I’m doing great, but I don’t want to talk about that time,” Griffen mentioned. “I’m going to keep my personal business personal … I’m doing well, but I’m taking it one day at a time, and I feel good.”
Griffen had spent the primary 10 seasons of his profession with the Vikings, and following a 2020 marketing campaign the place he break up time with the Cowboys and Lions, the veteran returned to Minnesota for the 2021 season. Griffen made a Pro Bowl as lately as 2019, and he was productive in his 9 video games (six begins) with the Vikings this season, amassing 5 sacks and 10 QB hits. The 34-year-old wouldn’t decide to re-signing with the crew, per Tomasson, and whereas the participant additionally wouldn’t talk about the firings of Mike Zimmer or Rick Spielman, he did talk about the departure of defensive position coach and co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson.
“He meant a lot to my career,” Griffen mentioned. “He taught me great technique and I went out there on the field and I used his technique that he taught me. I worked hard for him. Coach P was a great coach. He was able to relate to players and he always had great speeches to make us understand how football was meant to be played.”