3 reasons why Packers should sign Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Everson Griffen (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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2. Griffen can still play

While Griffen is 32 years old and might be past his prime, make no mistake, he can still play. Just last season, Griffen was a Pro Bowler.

He finished the 2019 season with eight sacks, 24 quarterback hits, 11 tackles for loss, and even an interception. Griffen started 15 games for the Vikings last year and, according to Pro Football Reference, played on 78 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

Griffen added another 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits in the Vikings’ surprise road playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints. Minnesota’s defense dominated throughout the game, and Griffen played a key role in that win for the Vikings.

Would the Packers defense improve by signing Griffen? Absolutely.

While he can help strengthen the pass rush (which we’ll come onto in a moment), Griffen could also help improve Green Bay’s run defense. After the performance by Mike Pettine’s defense against the run in the NFC Championship Game loss to the San Francisco 49ers six months ago, it seemed obvious the Packers would go all-in trying to fix the run defense. But that simply wasn’t the case this past offseason.

While Griffen’s biggest strength is his pass rush, he could also help the Packers run defense improve. Griffen can still play, and he’d be a great addition to Green Bay’s defense.