Dallas Cowboys defensive end Everson Griffen is reportedly on the trading block.
ESPN’s Todd Archer reported on Monday that “mSeveral sources said the Cowboys bought Griffen, who was sacked against Washington, but found no takers. “
And Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network also reported that Dallas was making offers for the veteran defensive end:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
It’s interesting: #Cowboys have made it known that DE Everson Griffen is available at a store, according to a source. About half of his $ 6 million salary is left to a team looking for top help. It makes sense with the Dallas record.
SI.com’s Mike Fisher added that the team were also open to listening to offers for nose tackle Dontari Poe and cornerback Daryl Worley.
While the players are apparently on the block – and while it’s pretty obvious, the team needs some kind of spark after a dismal 2-5 start – head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that he was not interested in radical changes:
“I mean, we’ve had so many changes just in our day-to-day function. I think the important thing is to stay the course. We understand the method and the things we need to do better. It’s a process and obviously we ”We’re not exactly where we want to be today. We were challenged with a lot of moving parts as a lot of different players are playing. So we will continue to work and I think we will change that in the right direction. “
Cowboys fans probably don’t agree, with scapegoats ranging from McCarthy and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to a porous defense and a number of key injuries on the roster. Through it all, a division title is still on the table, with the team just half a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles 2-4-1 for the top spot in the NFC East. However, lose Sunday to the Birds and Cowboys fans could be rioted if major changes in some areas don’t happen.
Relocating Griffen, 32, could facilitate the necessary changes to other positions. He was decent for the Cowboys, with 2.5 sacks, 20 tackles (three for loss) and six quarterback hits in seven games.
But in DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory, the team have some extraordinary options. And Griffen didn’t turn out to be essential (although the way the Cowboys have played in defense this year, you could make that argument for most of their players), making it a logical trading chip for the Cowboys.