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Everson Griffen, the Answer or Pipe Dream for the Dallas Cowboys?

Realistic, unbiased opinion about Everson Griffen and the Dallas Cowboys.

There’s a rather large contingency of fans around Cowboys Nation who would absolutely love for the Dallas Cowboys to make veteran Defensive End Everson Griffen their next free agent addition, and for good reason. He’s a plug-and-play kind of player and would immediately step in to Robert Quinn’s vacated spot at right DE opposite DeMarcus Lawrence. But, is he actually the answer or a pipe dream for the Cowboys?

Even at 32 years old (33 in December), Everson Griffen still has a lot of gas left in the tank as evidenced by his 8 sack season just a year ago in which he started a total of 15 games. He may be on the wrong side of 30, but he’s still a highly productive player and has been the emotional leader for the Minnesota Vikings defense for nearly a decade. Those qualities are what make him an intriguing option for the Dallas Cowboys.

There’s no denying Griffen would immediately upgrade the Cowboys defensive end position. I believe he’s actually a better fit than Robert Quinn, who they got better-than-expected production from last year that earned him a five-year, $70 million contract from the Chicago Bears. As good as it all sounds, it unfortunately may be a pipe dream we might need to put in the Jamal Adams category.

If you’ve read any of my previous work, you know how much I would absolutely love the Dallas Cowboys to find a way to trade for Jamal Adams. I pretty much feel the same way about bringing in Everson Griffen as well and sadly, it’s the more possible of the two. That’s what makes it all the more disappointing, because if I’m being honest, I just don’t see it happening and I’ll tell you why.

DeMarcus Lawrence
Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Behind closed doors, I really think the Dallas Cowboys are happy with the current bodies they have at the defensive end position. They’ve got a good mixture of veteran leadership and youth at their disposal in 2020, which makes the likelihood of signing Everson Griffen a long shot in my opinion.

DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford are likely the favorites to start right now, although that could change when/if Randy Gregory and Aldon Smith are reinstatement. They could possibly challenge Crawford for the starting job, but all are likely roster locks. There’s a risk involved of course counting on Gregory and Smith being reinstated, however the reward is what the Cowboys are banking on.

Those four (Lawrence, Crawford, Gregory, Smith) probably make up more than half of the DEs they keep after making roster cuts. Considering the youth currently under contract, that doesn’t exactly leave a lot of room for Griffen.

I highly doubt the Cowboys are ready to give up on Dorance Armstrong – who will be entering Year 3 – and then they have some intriguing second-your players in Joe Jackson and Jalen Jelks to consider. That’s not even mentioning the steal they got in the draft in Bradlee Anae (5th round) or the highly coveted undrafted free agent Ron’Dell Carter. If released in the final cuts, it’s highly unlikely any of these players make it through waivers.

It’s purely speculation at this point, although the fact we haven’t heard the Dallas Cowboys show very much interest in Everson Griffen should tell us all we need to know if we are being completely honest with ourselves. As much fun as it is to think about Griffen in a Cowboys uniform in 2020 it’s looking more and more as if it’s nothing more than a pipe dream.

Time to give up on Everson Griffen becoming a Dallas Cowboys?

What do you think?


Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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    • I think of the two Matthews is likely the most plausible, but I really don’t think either one end up in a Cowboys uniform.

  1. The fact u have not heard any news on the cowboys signing E. Griffin iDVD actually good. They have been quite about all there signing this offseason like never before. I believe he will be a cowboy along with Clay Matthews and the cowboys will make there run. THey will cut T.Crawford to pay Griffin maybe 1 million more kind of like what they did will cooper rush and dalton.

    • A “big name” player like Griffen is a lot harder to keep quiet than some of the other free agents the Cowboys have signed. I believe that there was an interest in him we’d probably know about it. I think Clay Matthews has a better chance of joining the Cowboys, but he’d probably have to be willing to accept a backup/rotational role. I also don’t see them cutting Crawford anytime soon. If they were going to do so they would have already done it.

  2. Griffen would be an overpriced (reportedly), unneeded progress stopper. If Dallas wants a veteran pass rusher that provides insurance at a position of need it should be a reunion between McCarthy and Matthews.

    • I think if the Cowboys were to sign Griffen it would either mean they are going all in in 2020 fo| a Super Bowl run or they don’t believe Randy Gregory or Aldon Smith will be reinstated/live up to expectations if reinstated. Matthews is somebody I’ve written about before reuniting with McCarthy. I think that would be a good fit if he’s willing to be part of a rotation. Likely not a every down player anymore.

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