The Minnesota Vikings re-signed Everson Griffen to a five year 42 million dollar contract. The guy hasn't materialized into a dominant player that would command this type of contract. The Vikings could have used this money to sign a good player but instead they decided to throw money away at an unproven player.
You'd think the Vikings would give this type of money to a guy who plays every game and one that is a game changer. In my opinion Everson Griffin doesn't fit that bill.
I'm not sure how much input head coach Mike Zimmer had with this signing but if he fully supported the signing (and the amount of money it would cost to sign Griffen)) then I have lost some respect for the guy.
The Vikings have lots of holes to fill and they have to make smart decisions and signings. This move shows me that this organization has a lack of clarity and understanding and it starts from the very top and flows down to the very bottom.
Rick Speilman is a joke. The guy should have been fired after last season, especially after the Ponder debacle. Even after it had been painfully clear that Ponder wasn't worthy of taking the field again for this team, he still backed the hack as recently as last week.
Maybe Ponder does fit in well with this team. Almost every player is a complete and utter failure. Sure they have a few good players but the rest of the roster is a disaster. So Ponder does fit in well.
After Mike Zimmer was hired and then they hired Norv Turner as the team's offensive coordinator I thought that the Vikings had finally smartened up. I'm starting to think that Vikings fans were lulled into another false sense that good times were coming.
Is it the water that they drink at Winter Park? Does the water turn otherwise smart men into babbling idiots? It sure looks that way.
Just a few weeks ago I had written how optimistic I was about next season. Now I think we're in for more of the same garbage that we've witnessed for years.
I'm not upset that they signed Griffen. I'm upset about the amount of money they're giving him. The guy is making the type of money that good players command.
The Vikings need to sign good players that will help them win games. They need every penny they have to sign good players. This move is inexplicable and makes the team look like they're run by amateurs.
Maybe I should stop getting so worked up and expect that this team will be a perennial joke. This team sure isn't serious about making the right moves and signings. Now more than ever it's time for the Vikings to fire Spielman and hire a good GM and one that can help build the team into a winner.