The official start of NFL free agency is still more than 48 hours away, but one of the top free agents—Shaquill Griffin—is already getting quite a few looks from prospective teams.
The Athletic’s Chad Graff reported the Minnesota Vikings are interested in pursuing the 25-year-old cornerback. NFL Network’s Cynthia Frelund also linked the All-Pro corner to the Denver Broncos, at least statistically. ESPN’s Brady Henderson hinted at the possibility of Griffin landing in Jacksonville.
So, does that mean Griffin’s time in Seattle has come to a close? We wouldn’t shut the door on the possibility of a return just yet.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garappolo, the Seahawks are very interested in acquiring Griffin’s services once again, but at the right price.
“The Seahawks would love to have him back, but they’ve had some discussions and they’re not in the same ballpark on money right now,” Garappolo said. “So, Griffin’s going to go to the market and see what’s available there and Seattle’s saying ‘hey keep us in the loop, because we’d be interested in having you back at a certain number.’”
Seattle declined to use the franchise tag on the Seahawks standout last week, given their tight cap situation. John Schneider has just over $17 million to work with this offseason, per OverTheCap, and more pressing needs like Jamal Adams’ presumed mega contract and signing interior offensive line so Russell Wilson can get hit less, should be prioritized.
Griffin is sure to be one of the top-tier potential available players at his position. He led the team with 12 passes defended in 2020 and was second on the club with three interceptions.
Despite Griffin saying he wants to play with the Seahawks forever, he knows everything comes down to business.
“At this point, I’m just praying on it. I’m hoping for the best,” Griffin said during locker room clean-out day. “Hopefully, everything works out knowing hopefully I can be a Seahawk forever.”