A big time pass is heading towards Big D.
The Dallas Cowboys are signing former defender Vikings Everson Griffen, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Jane Slater reported Wednesday night.
Griffen, 32, is a four-time Bowler athlete who has spent the past 10 years for the Viking team and has a chance for him to return or join the Seahawks, as teams “turn around”, but Cowboys Rapoport added from underneath.
In theory, Griffen turns the Cowboys defensive front into an imposing attack as he prepares to join Demarcus Lawrence, Gerald McCoy, Tyrone Crawford and Aldon Smith. While there will obviously remain a lot of question marks as to how new additions like Griffen, Smith, and McCoy combine into a unit Lawrence led, talent and an impressive production past. Over the past four seasons, Griffen has spectacularly praised Danielle Hunter in Minnesota, so he joined Cowboys not only with a stellar playing record but also paired well with another great passer.
While Griffen moved from Vikings despite the 2019 Pro Bowl campaign, in which he took into account 8 sacks and 11 tackles to lose, there will likely be some familiarity because of his debut season. In Dallas would also be his first year for Mike McCarthy, who set up for his opening campaign with Cowboys following his days with Packers and meeting Griffen twice a year.
It’s also a sequel to Griffen’s return story. USC’s product has dealt with many of the many publicized issues in 2018 that put his career and health in doubt, but is now heading to one of the most publicized sports teams in the world. .
The signing also has forks outside of Dallas as the Vikings will move from Griffen and the Seahawks will also move forward in search of a passer. Rapoport reports that they have shown interest in longtime Packers pass athlete Clay Mathews, who spent 2019 with Rams. And, of course, Jadeveon Clowney is still out there.