The Detroit Lions aren’t bothering to wait for next Tuesday’s trade deadline, as they have already made one of the bigger moves to date. As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Lions are trading for Cowboys defensive end Everson Griffen for a 2021 sixth-round pick.
The Lions’ pass rush has been better in recent weeks—especially with the play of Romeo Okwara—but Detroit still ranks in the bottom five in overall pass rush win rate. Griffen, on the other hand, was one of the Vikings’ best pass rushers for the past 10 years. In Dallas, however, he’s struggled this season, tallying just 3.0 sacks and a PFF pass rush grade of 61.8. Prior to that, though, Griffen amassed at least eight sacks in five of the last six seasons.
Griffen was on a one-year deal with the Cowboys worth just $3 million in base salary, so it won’t be much of a cap hit to Detroit.