Dallas Cowboys defensive end Everson Griffen has been traded to the Detroit Lions for a conditional 2021 sixth-round draft pick, per Ian Rapoport.
Griffen will be returning to the NFC North, where he spent his first ten seasons as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. He signed a one-year deal worth $6 million with the Dallas Cowboys before the 2020 season.
The trade allows Dallas to send half of that contract ($3 Million) to the Detroit Lions and Griffen to take on the Minnesota Vikings not once but twice this year (barring injury or release).
With the Covid-19 protocols within the NFL for this season, Griffen will not suit up for this weekend when the Detroit Lions host the Indianapolis Colts. Next weekend, he will be available when the Detroit Lions go to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings drafted Everson Griffen in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, following a collegiate career at USC. Griffen has recorded 77 career sacks since entering the NFL and currently has two and a half sacks through seven games in the 2020 season.
The Detroit Lions are third in the NFC North with a 3-3 record and are coming off a narrow victory against the Atlanta Falcons. Detroit trails the Green Bay Packers (5-1) and the Chicago Bears (5-2) in the NFC North division race. Griffen gives the Lions both a depth boost and overall improvement on the edge.
Griffen, 32, will become a free agent after the 2020 NFL season.