Skip to main content

Vikings will face Everson Griffen twice after trade to Lions

The former Vikings star was traded to Detroit for a fifth-round pick.
Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Former Minnesota Vikings star Everson Griffen was on the move on Tuesday afternoon when The Dallas Cowboys sent the former Pro Bowl defensive end to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

The trade wraps up Griffen's stint with the Cowboys at just six games, but for the Vikings, that's not the biggest story. Due to the NFL's COVID-19 protocols for players switching teams, Griffen will not be available for the Lions' Week 8 matchup with the Colts. Instead, he'll make his debut the following week...against the Vikings.

Griffen is one of the greatest pass-rushers in franchise history, ranking fourth all-time with 74.5 sacks in 10 seasons with the Vikings. While Griffen signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys in the offseason, the Vikings were due to see Griffen just once when Dallas visits Minnesota on Nov. 22.

Instead, the Vikings will now see Griffen twice as Minnesota hosts Detroit on Nov. 8 and will travel to Detroit on Jan. 3.

With the Vikings having issues keeping Kirk Cousins upright, the addition of Griffen within the NFC North could be a problem. Then again, with the Vikings sitting at 1-5, Griffen's presence could be a blessing of disguise for those with dreams of Trevor Lawrence.

Next Up

cub donuts 1

Nominate a 'local hero' to get a dozen Cub donuts from Salvation Army

The organization is looking for 1,000 volunteers to help with the effort in the metro.

Minnesota State Patrol helicopter windshield broken after duck flies through it.

Duck smashes through chopper window and hits State Patrol pilot

Two pilots were on the aircraft at the time, with one of them sustaining a head injury.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 19

It's been 805 days since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnesota on March 5, 2020.

Nordstrom

Charges: Minnetonka Nordstrom employee stole $500,000 in merchandise

Store employees used a covert camera to investigate disappearing merchandise.

Smoothing concrete

Woman drives into wet concrete, gets stuck in attempt to flee police

The 53-year-old woman drove into wet concrete trying to flee police on Monday.

Jennifer Carnahan

Family of late Rep. Hagedorn sues widow Carnahan over unpaid medical expenses

The lawsuits allege that Carnahan has yet to reimburse Hagedorn's family for medical expenses despite promising to do so.

storm, severe weather, derecho

Hail and tornadoes possible Thursday in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin

Storms are expected to fire along a warm front draped across southern Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2021-04-23 at 8.02.52 AM

Bde Maka Ska pavilion construction begins next week

The former lakeside food stand, home to Lola on the Lake, caught fire in 2019.

Pixabay - laptop computer dark screen

Undercover child sex sting sees 4 men arrested in St. Louis Park

One of the men is being held as he's in a position of authority of power over children.

Owl

New Raptor Center data shows 'substantial drop' in bird flu patients

However, the virus remains a serious health threat for birds.

Screen Shot 2022-05-18 at 6.16.34 PM

Suspect kills himself after shooting woman and baby at Fargo restaurant

The suspect was found dead in a stolen vehicle in Minnesota.

Related

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Report: Everson Griffen to try out for Vikings

The former Viking will work out for the team on Wednesday.

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings cut Everson Griffen 8 days after signing him

The Vikings could bring Griffen back later this week.

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen calls out Mike Zimmer for saying he's a 'good' player

Griffen and the Detroit Lions face the Vikings on Sunday.

Mike Zimmer expecting Everson Griffen back with the Vikings

The Vikings head coach believes Griffen's contract situation will 'work its way out.'

Everson Griffen

Cowboys sign former Vikings DE Everson Griffen

A potential reunion won't be happening.

Everson Griffen

Ex-Viking Everson Griffin slams Kirk Cousins, apologizes

The former Vikings star is seemingly campaigning to re-join the Vikings.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Dalvin Cook

5 questions for the Vikings vs. the Lions

Injuries will play a key role in an NFC North battle.