Veteran safety Michael Griffin is impressed by the Vikings’ young defensive core and experienced leadership.

“This defense is already good. … This team is right there,” said Griffin, one of the Vikings offseason free-agent signings. “I’m just here to try and fit in and make this football team and work hard and do the things I can do.

“Watching the playoff game from last year, it was a game they should have won. You saw they had a lot of the tools and things to get the job done and get to the Super Bowl and get to the playoffs. It’s just a great situation to come in to.”

The Vikings signed the 31-year-old Griffin to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Griffin, a first-round pick of the Titans in 2007, was a second-team All-Pro in 2010 and played in two Pro Bowls (2008 and 2010).

Griffin will likely compete for a starting job next to standout safety Harrison Smith. The Vikings re-signed safety Andrew Sendejo to a four-year deal this offseason and could shift into a backup role. Whatever role Griffin plays, he’s OK with it.

“May the best man win,” Griffin said. “All I can do is stay humble and stay positive and try to teach the young guys what you know. I think it’s very selfish  of you when you don’t open up an speak and share the knowledge”

Griffin praised Smith as one of the best safeties in the league.

“He’s respected by me and that goes along with the rest of the safeties here,” he said.

Griffin had a lot more to say about the Vikings coaching staff, his role with the team, and his expectations. Also, find out what successful team Griffin compared the Vikings to by watching video of the interview from Wednesday’s OTA.

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