The #Lions announce the following roster moves:
🔹Signed RB Dalyn Dawkins to the practice squad
🔹Activated DE Everson Griffen from Reserve/COVID-19 (Roster Exemption)
🔹DT Danny Shelton, currently on Reserve/Injured, will return to practice today
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 23, 2020
Detroit also signed RB Dalyn Dawkins to the practice squad.
This opens up a window for Shelton to practice with the team before Detroit has to add him to the active roster.
Griffen, 32, is a former fourth-round pick of the Vikings back in 2010. He signed a six-year, $75 million contract that includes $34 million guaranteed in 2017, but the Vikings declined to pick up his option back in February, which allowed him to become a free agent.
The Cowboys signed Griffen to a one-year, $6 million contract this offseason. However, they later traded him to the Lions before the deadline.
In 2020, Griffen has appeared in seven games for the Cowboys and five games for the Lions, recording 30 total tackles, five sacks and four pass defenses.
Shelton, 27, is a former first-round pick out of Washington by the Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Patriots acquired Shelton and a 2018 fifth-round pick from the Browns in exchange for a third-round pick in 2018.
New England declined his fifth-year option and Shelton played out the final year of his four-year $11.703 million rookie contract that included a $6.771 million signing bonus. The Patriots ultimately ended up bringing him back on a one-year deal for 2019.
Shelton signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Lions this past offseason.
In 2020, Shelton appeared in 11 games for the Lions and recorded 36 tackles, one sack and one pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 104 interior defender out of 127 qualifying players.