Ought to the Detroit Lions’ entrance workplace try and go after Everson Griffen?
There’s no secret and it’s recognized across the league how a lot of a weak hyperlink the Detroit Lions defensive position is. Final season, the Lions tied for second final in sacks with a mere complete of 28 whereas making use of near no stress on the quarterback.
Heading into the 2020 season, the defensive position continues to be an space of weak point. Whereas the workforce nonetheless has defensive finish Trey Flowers who solely recorded seven sacks final season, the workforce parted methods with nostril deal with Damon “Snacks” Harrison and defensive deal with A’Shawn Robinson.
These guys had been changed with lower than best choices in defensive tackles Nick Williams and Danny Shelton. Whereas additionally they drafted defensive finish Julian Okwara, it stays to be seen how a lot he’ll play in his rookie 12 months.
As common supervisor Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia probably want a profitable season to maintain their jobs past this 12 months, ought to the Lions pursue defensive finish Everson Griffen to bolster their defensive position?
The 32-year-old Griffen has spent the previous 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings the place he has totaled 74.5 sacks with 332 tackles (236 solo) and 16 move deflections. He has been an necessary and dependable a part of the Skol defensive position the place since his rookie 12 months, he’s appeared in 147 of 160 potential video games.
Griffen would pair properly on the other finish of Flowers however that might additionally imply shifting defensive finish Romeo Okwara to the bench. Whereas he had an enormous down 12 months in 2019 as he solely recorded 1.5 sacks and 25 tackles in 14 video games, he did get 7.5 sacks in 2018.
Bringing in Griffen additionally means much less enjoying time and alternative for Romeo’s brother Julian. The teaching workers might wish to give the youthful Okwara an opportunity to indicate what he’s obtained as some tab him as a extremely regarded edge rusher and a significant piece of the Lions future.
Whereas there is probably not a match on paper, there’s one other necessary purpose the Lions ought to perhaps pursue Griffen. The Vikings and Inexperienced Bay Packers are reportedly concerned about signing him.
As two division rivals are after Griffen, the Lions might swoop in and try and signal him to forestall him from enjoying for a special workforce inside the division. Griffen enjoying within the division for a workforce that’s not the Lions might hurt the workforce’s possibilities of profitable video games and making the playoffs.
Because the Lions apparently have numerous wage cap house, at present greater than the Vikings and Packers do mixed. Detroit might usher in Griffen on a loaded one-year deal. This could be the perfect situation because the Lions are placing all their focus into profitable this season and will very properly tear this workforce down if issues go sideways.
It might additionally enable Julian Okwara to relaxation and rehab his leg which he severely injured in faculty. Whereas the teaching workers and followers would like to see him enjoying, it’s greatest to have him totally wholesome to ensure that him to achieve his full potential. Regarding the elder Okwara, Griffen could be seen as an improve over Romeo attributable to expertise, ability, and expertise.
If the Lions can one way or the other get Griffen to conform to a one 12 months deal, I’m all for bringing him to the Motor Metropolis, particularly if it would get him out of sporting a Packers or Vikings jersey.