3. Vikings miss out
Griffen has been a great player for the Vikings over the past 10 seasons. He’s also had a lot of success against the Packers. How great would it be for not only the Vikings to lose Griffen, but to end up playing against him twice a season?
Before we even discuss what Griffen could bring to the Packers defense, we can look at how it would impact the Vikings.
Griffen opted out of his contract back in February, becoming a free agent. But the Vikings want to re-sign him. According to Stacey Dales of NFL Network, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he would “love to have him back”.
Kirk Cousins wouldn’t be too happy about Griffen signing with the Packers, either.
In last year’s meeting between the two teams at U.S. Bank Stadium, Cousins was under pressure all game long and sacked five times. Za’Darius Smith had 3.5 sacks, Preston Smith 0.5 sacks, and Kenny Clark one sack. Now add Griffen to the mix. Cousins would now have another great pass rusher to worry about.
Griffen could still return to Minnesota, but there is a great opportunity for Brian Gutekunst to not only strengthen Green Bay’s roster, but also make a rival weaker.