By buying and selling four-time Professional Bowl defensive finish Everson Griffen on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys could have began the method of packing it in for this season and planning for the long run.

The Cowboys are 2-5 and technically nonetheless within the race for the NFC East division crown, however they’re lacking their beginning quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) for the season, and backup QB Andy Dalton will in all probability miss this week’s recreation towards the Philadelphia Eagles with a concussion. Third-string rookie QB Ben DiNucci will begin if Dalton cannot play.

Even with Dalton, Dallas did not look something near a playoff workforce in final Sunday’s 25-3 loss to Washington.

Cowboys’ NFL-worst protection might worsen

The Cowboys have the NFL’s worst protection, giving up 34.7 factors per recreation. So buying and selling one among their most gifted and adorned defenders does not make an entire lot of sense on the floor.

Nonetheless, by sending Griffen to the Detroit Lions for a conditional draft choose — it is reported to be a fifth- or sixth-rounder within the 2021 NFL Draft — the Cowboys are saving about $3 million towards the wage cap. They’re additionally creating extra taking part in time for his or her youthful gamers to develop.

These are the sorts of strikes made by groups that aren’t essentially making an attempt to win proper now, however as an alternative setting issues up for later down the street.

The Lions, in the meantime, are apparently nonetheless making an attempt to win in 2020.

Detroit is 3-3 and sitting in third place within the NFC North behind the Inexperienced Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. The Lions’ protection ranks within the backside half of the league, and so they can certainly profit from including Griffen to their D-line.

The Lions solely have eight sacks as a workforce this season, which ranks twenty eighth out of 32 groups within the league. Defensive finish Romeo Okwara leads the Lions with 4 sacks, half of the workforce’s whole. Solely three different Detroit gamers have recorded a sack this season. Griffen has 2.5 sacks this season and 14 quarterback pressures.

Griffen is 32 years outdated and in his eleventh NFL season. At his peak with the Minnesota Vikings, Griffen registered double-digit sacks in three out of 4 seasons between 2014 and 2017. He made the Professional Bowl for the fourth time final season when he recorded eight sacks for the Vikings.

This previous offseason, Griffen signed a one-year, $6 million cope with the Cowboys.

Printed 28 Oct 2020, 06:19 IST



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