Why Did the Vikings Cut Everson Griffen?

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In a shocking move this afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings cut defensive lineman Everson Griffen, who they just signed earlier in the week. Griffen, as most know, was more than “just another free agent training camp signing”. That’s what made the move earlier today so unbelievable, especially to those in the fanbase who were so happy to see Everson return.

So what gives?

Nothing is guaranteed at this point, including an Everson Griffen return. But, there does appear to be a method to the Vikings’ madness today.

Everson Griffen, Ameer Abdullah and others who were cut today are not subjected to waivers, according to reports from Chris Tomasson (Pioneer Press) and others. That means, after the Vikings place multiple players on injured reserve tomorrow, these recently cut veterans will be eligible to sign again.

That’s what most “in the know” are expecting. Everson Griffen still wants to finish his career in Minnesota and has already expressed his deep regrets in ever leaving. We’ll see how true that holds out to be.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan