Everson Griffen (Alissa Foreman/VU)
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has had a drama-filled offseason, but he said he’s trying to change. Plus, a look at some of the quarterbacks rumored to be of interest to the Vikings this offseason.
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen got some much-needed advice from coach Leslie Frazier four months ago.
Griffen had been arrested twice in a week for alleged public intoxication and resisting arrest, and was planning a party in Las Vegas that was being promoted on Facebook.
That's when Griffen heard from Frazier. Said Griffen, "He said, ‘Know what you're here for.' I'm here to play football. I'm here to represent the Minnesota Vikings, and I want to represent them in a good way, not a bad way."
With that, the party was canceled, and Griffen left Los Angeles for Minnesota to be closer to and work out with teammates.
Said Griffen, "I had a little rough stretch. Coaches want me back, and that's the place for me to be. That's not me at all. I'm just trying to make changes. I've got big years coming up. I'm just trying to show the Minnesota Vikings I'm here for good."
SOURED ON MANAGEMENT
Nose tackle Pat Williams told reporters there's a "50-50" chance he will return to the team. A free agent when the lockout ends, Williams had previously figured his days with the Vikings were over.
However, Williams said he heard from coach Leslie Frazier on the April day the lockout was briefly lifted and was told he is still in the team's plans.
Williams admitted he was "soured" on the club's front office, but indicated during the conversation with Frazier they were able to "get some stuff straight."
The Vikings are still expected to be in the market for some type of veteran quarterback, and several have been rumored of late. Here is the latest on some of those names in the news.
Donovan McNabb seems unlikely given his desire to still be a starter and his possible contract demands. McNabb also brings a lot of attention with him, and after the Brett Favre firestorm last year, it’s unlikely the Vikings want any more off-the-field distractions.
"For someone who's so quiet and really just tries to be the best at what I do, and to be a part of the firestorm every offseason, it's amazing,” McNabb said. “But I never let that affect what I'm doing. I write goals for myself every season and offseason, and I look to achieve those goals, and they really make you stronger mentally and physically. Things are going to be out there negative, out there about you. Everyone's going to play the hoopla and what-if. But I can only control what I can control. All I can do is make sure I'm ready when the time comes."
McNabb’s quote came when asked why he refused to wear a wristband with Washington’s plays on it last year.
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said he was a little miffed when the team distributed playbooks during the one-day lifting of the lockout.
Never mind that Hasselbeck is unsigned. He told 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle, "I didn't get one. It definitely hurt my feelings, but it's alright because all my teammates gave me theirs. So it worked out. It worked out fine."
It remains to be seen whether talks for a new contract will work out fine.
Prior to the draft, there was persistent speculation the Cardinals would sign quarterback Marc Bulger once free agency begins. Now, speculation is heavy they will be in the market for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.
Like McNabb, Kolb now seems like an unlikely target for the Vikings after they drafted Christian Ponder in the first round and would ideally like him to be ready to start this year. The Cardinals may be a better match to make a trade offer for Kolb.
Said Arizona general manager Rod Graves: "With respect to the quarterback question, which continually arises, we've decided as an organization that we are going to be aggressive. We are expecting at some point, or believing, that we will have a free-agency period, an opportunity to discuss trades, and we are looking at those avenues."
In Baltimore, quarterback Marc Bulger isn’t expected to return, and he could be the type of veteran able to start but also willing to mentor a rookie, which is the type of fit that makes most sense for the Vikings.