Apparently the top free specialist still accessible toward the beginning of training camp, long-term Minnesota Vikings pass rusher Everson Griffen has at last discovered a home. Almost a half year in the wake of quitting his agreement with Minnesota, the previous Pro Bowler has signed with the Dallas Cowboys, as first announced by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and affirmed by CBS Sports NFL insider Patrik Walker, becoming the most recent big name to join a redid defensive line.
The Cowboys initially communicated interest for the 32-year-old Griffen back in March, as Walker revealed, however the defensive end was for quite some time expected to locate a greater deal somewhere else. The Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks, among different teams, were apparently additionally interested by Griffen, who hadn’t totally precluded an arrival to the Vikings. As indicated by Rapoport, both Seattle and Minnesota recently “went back and forth” with the pass rusher while the Cowboys “quietly went to work” to make sure about him.
Griffen isn’t the first notable addition to the Cowboys’ front four this offseason. Not long after the veteran previously hit the market, Dallas signed six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the long-term Carolina Panthers star, to a three-year deal. At that point in April, the Cowboys doubled down on D-line reinforcements by including McCoy’s previous Carolina partner Dontari Poe.
Initially a fourth-round draft pick of Minnesota in 2010, Griffen joins a Cowboys pass surge that lost Robert Quinn in free office yet at the same time boasts All-Pro DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, Aldon Smith and conceivably Randy Gregory, who’s anticipating reestablishment. Since he turned into a full-time starter in 2014, Griffen is one of just two defensive lineman – nearby perpetual Pro Bowler Aaron Donald – with in excess of 55 sacks, 135 quarterback hits and four Pro Bowl selections. He logged eight sacks for the Vikings in 2019.