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Coming off a miracle win at Atlanta this past Sunday, the Detroit Lions have made a move to bolster their roster, acquiring defensive end Everson Griffen from the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional sixth-round pick which could turn into a fifth-round pick.
Griffen was signed by the Cowboys this August on a one-year contract worth $6 million after spending the first 10 seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. He has been a consistent pass rusher throughout the last decade, totaling at least 5.5 sacks every season starting in 2012. This season for the Cowboys, he has 2.5 sacks through seven games.
The Cowboys are struggling mightily without quarterback Dak Prescott, losing both games against the Arizona Cardinals and the Washington Football Team by a combined score of 63-13. They sit at 2-5 and while they are only half a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East lead, success for the team this year looks to be far out of reach. Trading Griffen frees up $3 million in cap room and gains an extra pick in a NFL Draft which will be vital for the long-term future of the team.
This is a good move for the Lions, a team on a two-game winning streak who sits at 3-3. They are mediocre on defense when compared to the rest of the league, placing 22nd in total defense and 20th in pass defense. However, they have been sorely lacking in the pass rushing department, compiling only eight total sacks in their first six games, which is the third fewest in the NFL. Adding Griffen allows the Lions to get more pressure on the QB and potentially converting those pressures into key sacks for their defense. The Lions are right a .500 and getting a solid piece like Griffen will only help them going forward.
The Cowboys head to Philadelphia to face the Eagles on Sunday Night Football while the Lions welcome the Indianapolis Colts to town on Sunday.