As teams prepare ahead for the draft deadline, many teams have begun to trade their players to gain draft picks. Its business as usual, while the 2020 season continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as the NFL keeps on coming up with contingency plans to prevent the season from ending prematurely.
Dallas Cowboys are the latest team to enter into a trade agreement in exchange for a draft pick after they traded defensive end Everson Griffin, to the Detroit Lions for a conditional 6th round draft pick.
Barely 2 months after signing a one-year contract worth $6M with a base salary of $3M and per-week roster bonuses worth $187,500 with the Cowboys, Griffin is set to join the Detroit Lions, and he will get $3M from the Cowboys in 2020.
This is all unfamiliar for the defensive end Everson Griffin who spent 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings since they drafted him in 2010 and played 10 seasons before signing with the Dallas Cowboys in August.
Just in 7 games in his first season with the Cowboys, Griffin has recorded 2.5 sacks, 14 quarterback pressure, and 21 tackles in 281 snaps, and that seals his time at Dallas as he heads to Detroit.
The 4-time Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffins while at the Minnesota Vikings, he was one of the NFL’s best pass-rushers and a dominant force very familiar with the Detroit Lions. In 19 games against the Lions, Griffins had 16 sacks and in all 4 when he faced now to be his new head coach, Matt Patricia.
Griffen, 32-year-old, is the kind of pass rusher that the Lions desperately need, and he should get along with Romeo Okwara and Trey Flowers on edge.
In this season, both Okwara and Flowers have 6 of Lion’s eight sack while Detroit has sacked quarterbacks on only 3.8% of their passing attempts and a total that ranks at No. 28 in the NFL. With Griffins in their squad, the Lions should pressure quarterbacks and convert sacks, as he has had 5.5 or more sacks every season since 2012.
Griffins debut for the Detroit Lions will have to wait until Week 9 matchup against his former team Minnesota Viking, and not in Week 8 when the Lions play Indianapolis Colts due to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. He will have to go through 5 consecutive COVID tests and pass all the tests to participate in team activities.
We hope that Week 8 of the NFL games will be thrilling and exciting amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and there won’t be any positive test for coronavirus recorded ahead of the games.
Lions should be a forcible team now to be taken seriously by others teams, now that defensive end Everson Griffins is set to join the team after the Dallas Cowboys traded him to the Detroit Lions for a draft pick.
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Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.