USC football: 5 former Trojans who still need an NFL team for 2021

By Alicia de Artola
Apr 1, 2021, 3:56 PM PDT
Former USC football lineman Jurrell Casey.
Former USC football lineman Jurrell Casey. | Will Newton/Getty Images
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Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen
Former USC football lineman Everson Griffen. | Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Everson Griffen spent 10 fruitful years in Minnesota, with four Pro Bowl nods along the way before he left in free agency last year. The defensive lineman signed with the Cowboys, but he was traded to the Lions midway through the season. Now he's back on the market.

The 33-year-old can still get the job done. He had seven tackles and 14 quarterback hits while seeing snaps a quarter of the time. However, his days of holding down a starting job are likely over.

That's ok. There is enough left in the tank for him to land somewhere and add some valuable depth.

Griffen has made it clear he'd love to go back to the Vikings with social media posts.

Here's the issue: He was beloved in Minnesota and fans would love to see him back. The team might not.

He posted and deleted a tweet earlier this year about Mike Zimmer not wanting quarterback Kirk Cousins. Zimmer is still the head coach of the Vikings and Cousins is still the starting quarterback. Griffin has had beef with Zimmer in the past too.

In an apology to the QB and the team, Griffen said the "Vikings will always have a place in my heart." We'll see if Minnesota reciprocates.