FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The Dallas Cowboys traded defensive finish Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions for a conditional draft decide.
The Cowboys introduced the deal Tuesday evening, including the choice from Detroit could possibly be as excessive as a fifth-round decide in 2021.
The Lions (3-3) are in win-now mode below normal supervisor Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia after they have been instructed by possession their jobs have been in jeopardy if the workforce didn’t not less than contend for a spot within the playoffs this season.
With out quarterback Dak Prescott, the Cowboys (2-5) are struggling and added an asset for a backup defensive finish.
Detroit has simply eight sacks this season, rating among the many worst within the league at attending to quarterbacks.
The 32-year-old Griffen has 77 profession sacks, together with 2 half this season as a reserve in seven video games with the Cowboys.
He provides the Lions a desperately wanted pass-rushing choice to go together with Trey Flowers and Romeo Okwara, whose brother, Julian, was placed on injured reserve final week. Detroit drafted Julian Okwara within the third spherical this 12 months.
Griffen signed a $6 million, one-year deal in August with Dallas as a free agent. In February, he opted out of the ultimate three years of his contract with the Vikings and have become a free agent.
The Minnesota Vikings drafted Griffen within the fourth spherical of the 2010 draft and he spent 10 years with the franchise. He didn’t grow to be a starter till his fifth season in 2014, then averaged almost 11 sacks per 12 months over 4 seasons.
Griffen took 5 video games off two years in the past to deal with his psychological well being. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital the day earlier than a recreation in 2018 after a sequence of incidents wherein he threatened gun violence in a resort foyer and made repeated feedback about believing folks have been making an attempt to kill him.
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