For the first time in his NFL career, Shaquill Griffin will be a free agent this offseason.
The 25-year-old has played out the final year of his rookie contract after being taken by the Seahawks as the No. 90 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
After Seattle’s playoff run came to an abrupt end with a 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Griffin made it clear that he wants to be a Seahawk for years to come.
“It’s tough right now. I know in the end; everything is a business,” Griffin said during Sunday’s exit interviews. “The good thing is the coaching staff, the guys here, this organization, know how much I love to be here. Know how much this place means to me for giving me my first opportunity at least to be in this situation and this predicament now. I owe them everything because of it...
Griffin says there have been no contract talks as of yet, but Seattle will unquestionably be scrambling to find enough money to keep Griffin, Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar in the fold this offseason, as they are all due extensions.
Seattle opted not to give Griffin a contract extension last offseason after he posted a team-high 13-passes defended to go along with 65 tackles in 2019 and earned his first Pro Bowl nod as an alternate.
Despite tallying 63 tackles (53 solo) and three interceptions for Seattle in 12 games this year, Griffin believes he fell shy of his most important goal.
“I seen myself finishing everything off in the Super Bowl,” Griffin said. “That was the goal. My main thing was just, I’m not worried about the stats or anything behind it, I just want to win. I want to win everything. I didn’t get that done, so that’s the terrible part about it, but I just enjoyed it.”
While Griffin’s career in Seattle remains in limbo, his Cinderella story of playing with his twin brother, Shaquem Griffin, could be coming to close as well. Shaquem Griffin, a 2018 fifth-round pick by the Seahawks, also played out the final game of his one-year deal.
The two brothers made history of being the first twins in the NFL to play football on the same team.
“It’s been amazing,” Griffin said. “It’s kind of hard to put it into words. Had times last night where I felt I was going to break down and cry. Just reminiscing on everything. It’s been a crazy four years, even a better three years to play with my brother. It’s not over for us. We don’t know what’s next, but this is just the beginning. It’s just a story that’s still being written. But man, we talk about this Cinderella story of coming here together, we got a beautiful three years out of it...
The end of the season is always something very sudden. One day you are in your Seahawks action green and blue jerseys on the world’s biggest stage fighting to play another game, the next day you are moving out of your Seattle home and headed to Texas to begin preparations for the next season.
Griffin may be leaving his NFL home of four years, but he's not throwing away the key.
“At this point, I’m just praying on it. I’m hoping for the best. Hopefully, everything works out knowing hopefully I can be a Seahawk forever.”