The Dallas Cowboys have made another stealth move on the defensive line. The franchise is brining in defensive end Everson Griffen on a one-year deal worth $6M. The signing boosts Dallas’ new-look defensive front.
New to Cowboys defensive line in 2020:
DE Everson Griffen
DE Aldon Smith
DT Gerald McCoy
NT Dontari Poe
DT Neville Gallimore (R)
DE Bradlee Anae (R)
DL Tyrone Crawford*
Main departures: DE R. Quinn, DT M. Collins, DL M. Bennett.
*Back from hip surgery after missing 12 games
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 13, 2020
Griffen had 8.0 sacks for Minnesota last season (he has 74.5 in his career). The former fourth-round pick has made four Pro Bowls in his career, including last season’s appearance.
The Cowboys ranked 19th on defense last season, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA, though this unit will look different in 2020. The club lost stud cornerback Byron Jones and reliable lineman Robert Quinn in free agency but reloaded with some shrewd signings on the D-Line and added Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in the second round of the draft.
Dallas is currently +1700 to win Super Bowl 55, behind only the 49ers, Saints, and Buccaneers in the NFC (Fan Duel).
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