The 2020 NFL free agent class is shaping up to be one of the deepest classes ever. Another big name pass rusher has found his way to the open market. Everson Griffen will officially become a free agent at the start of the new league year.
In July of 2017, Griffen signed a four year, $58 million contract extension with the Vikings. This would have kept him on payroll until 2023. The new contract had provisions in it.
Due to Griffen playing on 78% of defensive snaps and getting eight sacks, he will be a free agent. All he needed to do was get six sacks and play 57% of snaps to be able to opt out. He leaves $43.5 million over three years on the table. There’s no doubt he will sign for more that that once free agency opens.
With the Vikings having little cap wiggle room, this comes as a relief to the team. They are losing one of their defensive leaders but opening up money that they desperately need going into free agency. This opens up $13 million in cap space while only leaving them $800,000 in dead money.
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