By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Detroit Lions acquired defensive end Everson Griffen in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday. The Cowboys will receive a 2021 conditional sixth-round draft pick.
The draft pick, according to Cowboys, could become a fifth-round draft pick. In addition, Dallas gets to shed approx. half of his $6 million salary.
“This year has been a journey for my family,” Griffen wrote Tuesday on social media. “I was so blessed to be able to spend this time with the Dallas Cowboys. I want to thank the Jones family and Coach [Mike] McCarthy for the opportunity.”
Due to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol, he will have to wait five days, before being eligible to join his new teammates. He may make his debut on Nov. 8 against the Vikings.
The 32-year-old Avondale, Arizona returns to the NFC North with this move. Before signing with the Cowboys in the off-season, he spent 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
While he was a member of the Vikings, he played the Lions twice a season. This move by adding Griffen helps Detroit add depth to a weak point on their team.
Detroit has had eight total sacks in six games. In seven games with the Cowboys, Griffen has had 2.5 sacks alone.
Also, by moving Griffen, the Cowboys get space to give more time to Randy Gregory, who has been limited this season in playing time. Gregory had been suspended by the NFL and was reinstated before the 2020 season.
He played in the team’s 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team. Gregory appeared in six defensive snaps for 9% of the Cowboys defensive snaps in the game.
Griffen played in more than 50% of the Cowboys defensive snaps except for one game. In their Monday Night Football blowout in a 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, he saw 30 snaps, which was 48% of the team’s defensive snaps.
In his career, Griffen has appeared in 154 games, including 88 starts. He has had 375 tackles, including 89 tackles for a loss and 182 tackles for a loss.
Griffen has 77.0 sacks, two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown; nine forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown; and 17 pass deflections.
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