The Vikings came up with a series of tricky questions about their roster in the 2020 low season, and so far they haven’t shown they can make a better group than the one destroyed by the 49ers in the NFC division round in January.
Minnesota traded Stefon Diggs, entered into a contract dispute with Dalvin Cook and remains financially committed to the ever undersized Kirk Cousins during quarterback. Now the Vikings could watch a 2019 Pro Bowl player leave for the rival Packers.
Green Bay has reportedly emerged as the lead candidate to contract Everson Griffen, the freerider edge rusher, who picked up eight sacks last year and was able to boost an already formidable front-seven at Lambeau Field.
Viking coach Mike Zimmer said last weekend that he has not heard anything about Griffen’s resumption of contract talks with Minnesota.
“I do not know,” Zimmer told reporters. “He texted me and told me congratulations (on the contract renewal) and stuff. I’d like to have him back, he’s always been one of my guys, so if that happens, that would be great, but I know not where it is now. “
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Green Bay has handled its own drama this season after opting for quarterback Jordan Love in the first round. There has been speculation as to how that move might be with Aaron Rodgers, and members of the team expressed surprise at the selection.
In terms of grid construction, the Packers have been criticized for not prioritizing recipients after Devin Funchess signed.
But Green Bay likely hasn’t dealt with as much public unrest as the Vikings, and the team may be able to stick with its rival by continuing the reported hunt for Griffen.