The Lions defense has been better in recent weeks, but there remained a hole when it came to pure pass-rushing talent, especially when the defense isn’t mixing up looks or sending extra rushers.
Enter Everson Griffen. The Lions sent a sixth-round pick (that could conditionally become a fifth) to the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday in exchange for the menacing pass-rusher who has terrorized Matthew Stafford and the Lions for years as a Minnesota Viking.
Question of the day: What grade would you give the Everson Griffen trade?
My answer: A.
Even after Griffen has supposedly not been himself this season, he presents a tremendous upgrade for the Lions defensive line.
Everson Griffen might not be the same guy he once was (he's not), but he still has 18 pressures this season. That's more than any Lions player not named Romeo Okwara.— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) October 27, 2020
Hard to see how he's not going to make this pass rush better.
For the Lions, it will just cost them $1.75 million in base salary plus a $187,500 per game roster bonus, which is a steal for that kind of production in today’s NFL. Not to mention, sixth round picks are for special teams contributors, fringe roster guys, or high-floor, low-ceiling players. Griffen is a proven talent and you know what you’re getting out of him. This is a steal for the value a sixth-round pick offers.
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