There may be a lot of backlash from this article. Everson Griffen has been valued on this roster since 2010. He has recorded 314 total tackles and 66.5 sacks. He has been a menace against opposing quarterbacks. But his time in Minnesota may be up.
Everson Griffen is 31 years old and on a large contract. On July 26, 2017, Griffen signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension ($34 million guaranteed) with the Vikings through the 2022 season. Releasing him could have the Vikings receiving $10.7M in cap space and would only face $1.2M of dead money if they did decide to release Everson.
The Vikings currently have a desperate need for offensive lineman. Cutting Griffen may give the Vikings some extra cap to make that happen. The Vikings also have all-star DE Danielle Hunter that already is younger and has more talent. The Vikings have also seen flashes from DE Stephen Weatherly who is also young. The Vikings may have to make a decision on what matters more: Everson, or signing an offensive lineman in free agency.
The Vikings could potentially try to trade Griffen for draft picks, which I doubt would happen. Not many teams would want an aging DE on a pretty massive deal.
The Vikings would probably welcome Everson back on a restructured contract, but it is a business. Vikings fans may have to prepare for the possible dismissal of Griffen, and possibly Sendejo and Rudolph. That may make some people angry, but it may be for the best.