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Cowboys trade DE Everson Griffen to Lions for conditional sixth-round pick

Everson Griffen is headed back to the NFC North.

The Dallas Cowboys have traded the defensive end to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources informed. The team later made the deal official.

"Our journey continues to the great city of Detroit," Griffen tweeted. "To the Detroit fans, y'all are getting a [expletive] dog ready to eat."

Griffen also tweeted his thanks to the Cowboys, specifically the Jones family and coach Mike McCarthy.

For the Cowboys, this trade allows them to send half of the $6 million in salary to the Lions during a tough season, Rapoport added.

The veteran pass rusher won't be available Sunday against the Colts because of COVID-19 protocols, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Griffen's debut with the Lions is expected to be Nov. 8 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Griffen was drafted by the Vikings in 2010 and played 10 years before signing a one-year deal with the Cowboys this season. In seven games with the Cowboys, he recorded 2.5 sacks, 10 tackles and one pass defensed. On Monday, Rapoport reported the Cowboys had put Griffen on the trading block and by Tuesday he was headed to Detroit.

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