NFC North Rivals – 5 Questions with The Viking Age

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Did the Vikings pay too much to retain Everson Griffen?

Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Redskins 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

"Yeah, they did. But it’s nothing that doesn’t happen in free agency all the time. However, if Minnesota had not thrown this offer on the table, it was likely that Griffen would have signed with the Denver Broncos. Given Griffen’s talent and statistics as only a backup, it’s encouraging to think what he could do in a full time role. You seemingly always have to pay a premium to keep excellent players from leaving in free agency."