Cowboys sign veteran DE Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen Cowboys

Hoping to add more sizzle to an already strong pass rush, the Dallas Cowboys agreed to a deal with former Vikings star Everson Griffen.

Griffen has been a name to know since March, when he opted out of his contract with Minnesota and entered free agency.

The Dallas Cowboys did not answer the gaping hole at right defensive end during free agency.

Griffen has shown signs of decline over the past couple of seasons, amassing just 13.5 sacks in total between 2018 and 2019.

Griffen is getting a one-year deal worth up to $6 million, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement hasn't been announced. The Cowboys, who are finishing the conditioning stage of pre-training camp and will begin full practice on Friday, plan to ease him into workouts.

It remains to be seen what Griffen's exact role will be, but it shouldn't be a long wait to find out.

Griffen has spent all 10 years of his career in Minnesota. He didn't become a starter until his fifth season in 2014, then averaged almost 11 sacks per year over four seasons. Prior to the 2019 league year, the club renegotiated with Griffen to give them salary cap space for the just-finished season. He made four Pro Bowls in nine seasons with the team, racking up 74.5 sacks during that time.

Smith has had off-field issues as well, having recently been reinstated from a almost five-year suspension over substance-abuse issues and other legal problems.

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