The Vikings entered the 2020 offseason facing an array of tough questions about their roster, and so far, they’ve yet to show they can form a better group than the one that was blasted in the NFC divisional round by the 49ers in January.
Minnesota traded Stefon Diggs, entered a contract dispute with Dalvin Cook and remains financially committed to the ever-underwhelming Kirk Cousins at quarterback. Now, the Vikings could watch a 2019 Pro Bowl players leave for the rival Packers.
Green Bay has reportedly emerged as a lead candidate to sign free-agent edge rusher Everson Griffen, who recorded eight sacks last year and could bolster an already formidable front-seven at Lambeau Field.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said this past weekend that he has not heard anything about Griffen resuming contract discussions with Minnesota.
“I don’t know,” Zimmer told reporters. “He texted me the other day telling me congratulations (on the contract extension) and things like that. I’d love to have him back, he’s always been one of my guys, so if that happens, that’d be great, but I don’t know where that is right now.”
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Green Bay has dealt with its own drama this offseason following its decision to select quarterback Jordan Love in the first round. There has been speculation about how that move might sit with Aaron Rodgers, and members of the team expressed surprise at the selection.
In terms of roster construction, the Packers have been criticized for not prioritizing receivers beyond the signing of Devin Funchess.
But Green Bay has probably not dealt with quite the level of public upheaval as the Vikings, and the team could perhaps further sting its rival by following through on its reported pursuit of Griffen.