The Cowboys strengthened their defensive line by signing veteran defender Everson Griffen to a one-year deal worth $ 6 million, a source confirmed Wednesday night.
The deal includes a base salary of $ 3 million for 2020 and an opportunity for Griffen to receive up to $ 3 million in incentives.
There was interest for Griffen to return in the spring, but he was looking to return to the Vikings, where he spent 10 seasons, compiling 74 1/2 bags in 147 total games.
The cowboys have reached a contract with former Vikings rider Everson Griffen, the source confirms. Great development in the main position in the defensive line. Griffen joins the group representing DeMarcus Lawrence and Aldon Smith. The NFL Network reported the deal for the first time.
̵1; Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) 13 August 2020
Everson Griffen signed a $ 6 million one-year deal with a base salary of $ 3 million for 2020 with incentives that could reach $ 3 million.
– Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 13, 2020
For the second year in a row, the Cowboys added a defensive defense to the veteran. Last year, the Cowboys traded a 2020 sixth round election in Miami for Robert Quinn.
He led the Cowboys with 11 1/2 bags last season before leaving the agency for free, signing a five-year, $ 70 million deal with the Chicago Bears.
At Griffen, 32, the Cowboys take on a talented crossing runner who had 13 1/2 bags and 37 quarterbacks hits in the last two seasons.
Cowboys senior defense assistant George Edvard is familiar with Griffen, having coached him from 2014 to 2019 when he was defensive coordinator with the Vikings.
Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowler, is the fourth defensive veteran defensive line signed this offseason. The Cowboys signed Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, a pair of underwear and defensive end Aldon Smith after returning from suspension from the NFL.
The Cowboys will use a 3-4 and 4-3 defensive lineup and will use multiple players towards the latter to join Pro Bowl two-time player DeMarucs Lawrence.
SportsDay contributor John Owning recently wrote about why Griffen would be a good fit for the Cowboys. Here is what he had to say about her:
“While many Cowboy Nation fantasize about Jadeveon Clowney playing with a star on his helmet, Everson Griffen is actually a much better value in the open market.
“Griffen is older – which should not matter too much because both players are likely to sign a one-year deal at this stage of the free agency – and less influential on the candidate than Clowney; however, he is less of an injury risk, cheaper and a quick pass, which is far more valuable in today’s NFL.
“If you do not believe me, just go back and watch Griffen’s performance against the Cowboys and Tyron Smith in Week 10. Griffen finished with seven pressures and a bag, all but two pressures came against Smith …
“With Griffen signing, the Cowboys would have the top NFL transition duo to go with one of the deepest tables in terms of edge acceleration ability.”
Dallas’ Morning News Michael Gehlken reports that Griffen will not be attending the Cowboys first practice on Friday because he has yet to complete the usual waiting period for coronavirus testing. Subsequently, the Cowboys are expected to facilitate it in team activities.
Cowboys will practice on Friday for the first time this year. New DE Everson Griffen will not be on the field. He still has to complete the usual waiting period for COVID-19 testing; three negative tests are required. The team then expected to facilitate it in activities.
– Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) 13 August 2020
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