Despite the outcry of support to sign Free Agent Defensive End Everson Griffen, the Dallas Cowboys showed little to no interest in the former Minnesota Viking. With the need to replace Robert Quinn, who was scooped up by the Chicago Bears in free agency, Griffen was thought to be the perfect solution. The Cowboys though had something else in mind…
This is completely speculative on my part, but I believe the reason the Dallas Cowboys didn’t pursue Everson Griffen in free agency is because of their faith in the reinstatement of both Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory. After Smith’s reinstatement by the NFL last week, that belief seems to be somewhat substantiated. Now we’re just waiting on word on Gregory’s return.
With Aldon Smith, Randy Gregory, and the return of Tyrone Crawford from hip injury the Dallas Cowboys now have what’s shaping up to be a formidable pass rush. Throw in DeMarcus Lawrence and a few other depth players like Dorance Armstrong, the Cowboys look to have a cupboard full of pass rushers to harass opposing QBs in 2020.
The Dallas Cowboys could’ve easily signed Everson Griffen in free agency and avoided gambling on Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory getting reinstated. No one would’ve faulted them for bringing in a sure thing to replace Robert Quinn. In fact, the majority of Cowboys Nation and media alike probably would have applauded the move.
Instead, the Cowboys decided to bank on Tyrone Crawford being able to return 100% healthy from his surgically repaired hip and the long-awaited returns of Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory. This low risk, high reward situation could pay huge dividends, even though all three have nearly a year away from the game and for Smith it’s more like five.
The offseason banter back and forth about the Dallas Cowboys potentially bringing in Everson Griffen unfortunately came to nothing. It did however keep us entertained for a while, which is kind of hard to come by nowadays with all of this Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic stuff going on. I guess we can now put this pipe dream to bed though.