The saga between the Dallas Cowboys and former defensive tackle Josh Brent will again come into the spotlight later this offseason. It’s been a year and a half since Brent was involved in drunk-driving accident that took the life of his best friend and Cowboys player Jerry Brown. Earlier this year, Brent was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter. He is currently serving his sentence (180 days in jail and 10 years probation) and is expected to be released prior to the Cowboys starting training camp in late July. But should the franchise even be open to a possible return by Brent?
According to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, in an interview with ESPNDallas, the team is open to the idea.
“”The league will have a big say in when he can come back, but we’ll certainly evaluate that situation when it comes. I certainly wouldn’t rule it out….It’s a work in progress. Obviously they’re looking at it and we’ll kind of see how it goes. Obviously he sat out a year and the bigger thing is Josh has got to see where his priorities are. There’s a lot of things that have got to be determined there.”
Brent was a seventh round pick out of Illinois by the Cowboys in the NFL’s Supplemental Draft of 2010. During his three seasons with Dallas, Brent recorded 44 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The first step for Brent would be to get reinstated by the NFL. Anticipating disciplinary actions by the league, Brent opted to retire last July prior to his trial. At the time, he stated he wanted to focus on his off the field issues and not on football. If Brent indeed wishes to return later this year, he’ll likely face some sort of suspension from the league.
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