Rapoport added that the Packers "were among the teams" to show interest and that his former coach, Minnesota Vikings head honcho Mike Zimmer, had expressed a desire to bring him back.
"I'd love to have him back," Zimmer told Chris Tomasson of TwinCities.com over the weekend. "He's always been one of my guys. If that happens, it would be great. But I don't know where that's at right now."
Griffen kept open the possibility of a return to Minnesota in April:
Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero
Griffen said goodbye to the #Vikings in an Instagram post last month, but told me "never say never" on a return. Other teams have questions about what happened in 2018. Some answers here, and Griffen says if they call him, he's an open book. A top pass rusher still available. https://t.co/3HlZdLuVQV
If he went to the team's divisional rival in Green Bay, it would be a double whammy for the Vikings to lose a key pass-rusher and have to face him twice a year. The 32-year-old is a four-time Pro Bowler who posted 41 tackles, eight sacks and an interception in 2019.
He's posted eight or more sacks six times in his career, all of which has been spent in Minneapolis after being drafted in the fourth round out of USC in 2010.
The Packers had a solid pass rush in 2019, headlined by outside linebackers Za'Darius Smith (13.5 sacks) and Preston Smith (12 sacks). NFL teams can never have too many players capable of getting after the quarterback, however, and nicking Griffen from the Vikings would obviously sweeten the deal.
Granted, other teams around the NFL might view Griffen as player worth targeting at this late stage in free agency and as a more affordable option to fellow free agent Jadeveon Clowney. That could help create a nice market for Griffen, even at this point in the summer with training camps about to begin.