Should the Eagles Sign Everson Griffen?
Yesterday, I wrote about why the Eagles should sign cornerback Logan Ryan and had Eagles fans and TLL Twitter buzzing:
The Eagles should take a long look at Logan Ryan as their CB2.
— The Liberty Line (@LibertyLinePHL) April 27, 2020
Today, I’m going to talk about another free agent, defensive end Everson Griffen.
The Eagles are clearly stacked on the defensive line, but they could use another player at defensive end. While it continues to look like 25-year old Jaguars star pass rusher Yannick Nkgakoue is not getting traded or at least to the Eagles, the next person for them to look into would be free agent Everson Griffen. If the Eagles want to make one more splash in the offseason, four-time Pro Bowler Everson Griffen may be the way to go. At 33, Griffen will probably want to sign with a contender and be willing to split time with other DE’s such as Derek Barnett, and Josh Sweat. In his 10 year career, Griffen has a total of 74.5 sacks, 355 combined tackles, and 176 QB hits.
If Brandon Graham gets hurt, the Eagles would be in trouble. Graham has been one of the most consistent players on defense for the last few years. In the last three seasons, Graham averaged 7.5 sacks and 14 QB hits. Griffen could step in and be productive during Graham’s absence. His mental state is the main reason why he’s not signed yet. In September of 2018, ESPN reported that Griffen was being evaluated at a hospital after an incident that caused the team to be concerned about his well-being.
Les Pico, the Vikings’ executive director of player development, told police that Griffen had been “explosive, screaming and yelling” at the team facility and that he had been struggling in recent weeks. Vikings director of security Kim Klawiter told police that the team told Griffen not to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills and to “go get his head straight.” When Griffen reported to the team facility for practice Saturday, he was sent home.
Incidents continue to pile on after this report that season and it was revealed by Griffen in an interview with NFL Network that this incident changed his life.
“Nobody knew that I was living in a sober house,” Griffen told me by phone Thursday. “I lived in the sober house for three months, from October to the end of the (2018) season. I was living like I was in college. Had a roommate, had a little bit of clothes. I was going to my meetings. I did the whole nine. That was a part of my recovery. Just to reset. I wanted to reset.
“And I’m happy that 2018 happened, because I wouldn’t be sitting here today, being able to tell my story and showing teams that I am strong, I am healthy and there’s nothing really that you have to worry about, because I’m doing all the right things. There’s nothing I’m doing behind the scenes that they should be worried about. I’m doing everything possible to make sure that 2018 doesn’t happen again. And it will not happen.”
If the Eagles don’t think Griffen would cause any issues in the locker room and would accept a non-starting role, I’m all for signing Everson Griffen. This would solidify the defensive line, and would give Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz a new piece to work with. We all know how much Schwartz loves rotating his defensive lineman and Griffen would be a great rotational piece. There are still some holes on this roster that the Eagles need to address, and it will be interesting to see what the Eagles have planned.