With a Week 7 loss to the Washington Football Team, it could be time for the Dallas Cowboys to start looking forward to next season, dealing players to gain some draft capital. At the NFL trade deadline, pass rushers are always highly coveted trade pieces. For Dallas, one of these players is the veteran Everson Griffen, who signed with the Cowboys back in August.
In seven games, Griffen has totaled 2.5 sacks, 12 hurries and 10 defensive stops, proving he can still be an asset to a contender. With that in mind, these are three possible destinations for Griffen before the deadline.
1. Seattle Seahawks
We saw in Week 7 how badly the Seattle Seahawks need to improve their pass rush before the deadline, if they hope to compete for a Super Bowl. Griffen is a player that should have pursued this offseason, but they have another chance to get him now. Seattle averages just 1.5 sacks per game, which is the eighth-fewest in the league. They also have a 29 percent pressure rate, which is the 10th-worst in the NFL.
2. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills also have just a 29 percent pressure rate this season, and they have really struggled on the defensive front overall. To send a message to the team, they have even made some of their veteran lineman healthy scratches, presumably because of an effort issue. They have allowed 4.6 yards per carry this season, which is tied for the ninth-most. The addition of Griffen would help both the run and pass defense, assisting in bringing that tough Buffalo defense back.
3. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are known to trade for veterans near the end of their careers, and they could certainly use Griffen's help, if they still wish to compete for a playoff spot. The Patriots are tied for the lowest pressure rate in the league, at 26 percent. They also average just 1.5 sacks per game. While their defense is not the overall team's weakness, it is still an area where they need to improve.
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