Cowboys surprising signs Everson Griffen

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Dallas Cowboys added another bulk to their defensive line on Wednesday night. The team signed free agent defensive end Everson Griffen. 

Griffen signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys for the 2020 season. He is slated to make $6 million for the upcoming season.

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen celebrates a sack against the Denver Broncos
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen celebrates a sack against the Denver Broncos (Photo by the Associated Press/Bruce Kluckhohn)

He is another big piece to their revamped defensive line. The team also signed defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe in the off-season. 

McCoy, Poe, and Griffen will help replace the pieces that the team lost in the off-season. These three men also partner with star defensive end Demarcus Lawrence on the line. 

According to OurLads.com, before the Griffen signing, Tyrone Crawford was supposed to come off of the right end. However, Griffen may receive that starting job with Crawford backing up Lawrence and Griffen.

Our Lads Depth Chart
Our Lads Depth Chart (Screen Grab)

Griffen had a lot of interest in the off-season. One of the teams reportedly interested were the Minnesota Vikings, where he played his entire career. 

However, he held out through training camp to sign with a team. It was a surprise when he signed with the Cowboys. 

Before joining the Cowboys, he’ll have to go through quarantine and coronavirus testing before joining his new teammates. When he was healthy, Griffen averaged at least 9.0 sacks per season over the last five seasons. 

The 32-year-old has appeared in 147 games, including 88 starts with the Vikings. He had 355 tackles, including 86 tackles for a loss and 176 quarterback hits. 

He has 74.5 career sacks, two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown; nine forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown; and 16 pass deflections.

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