My neverending love/hate relationship with the team that wears the color purple
The Vikings defensive line got a lot younger this evening. On the first day of free agency, Minnesota wasted no time signing 25 year old defensive tackle Linval Joseph.
Entering his 5th season out of East Carolina, Joseph played the last four seasons for the New York Giants. He used his 6’4”, 328 pound frame to clog up the middle and record over 30 tackles and 2 sacks in each of the past three seasons with the Giants.
The signing of Joseph also means that the Vikings are likely done with longtime defensive tackle Kevin Williams. Williams has played 11 seasons in Minnesota and it seems as though the team is trying to get younger and Williams turns 34 in August.
Most people tend to take it easy on Sundays. Putting on anything but sweatpants is an afterthought, binge watching is in full effect, and eating anything that involves actual cooking is rarely chosen.
However, the Minnesota Vikings were hard at work this Sunday. The team came to terms with defensive end Everson Griffen and middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley. Griffen signed a 5 year contract reportedly worth $42.5 million with $20 million of it guaranteed. Brinkley, who spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals and 4 years with the Vikings before that, signed a 1 year deal to return to his former team.
Predicted by many to have a breakout season in 2013, Griffen’s expectations may have been too high for a player who has never been a full time starter. After having 8 sacks in 2012, Griffen’s sack total fell to 5.5 in 2013. His highlight of 2013 came when he sacked and stripped Washington Redskin’s quarterback Robert Griffin III to seal the win for the Vikings over the Redskins in Week 10.
Brinkley was the starting MLB for Minnesota in 2012 but the team decided not to bring him back in 2013. He found a home in Arizona but mainly as a backup. He only started 3 games for the Cardinals in 2013 while recording a mere 23 tackles. Brinkley has yet to sack a QB in the NFL in his 5 years in the league.
Multiple sources also reported that free agent defensive end Jared Allen has told the Vikings that he will be pursuing employment elsewhere. Allen has spent the past 6 seasons in Minnesota after he signed a $73 million contract back in 2008.
Even though the team might not have been the best during his time with the Vikings, Allen achieved a lot of personal success playing in Minnesota. He built a reputation as one of the most disruptive pass rushers in the NFL while forcing 16 fumbles and recording 85.5 sacks, including a near league record 22 in 2011.