Dallas Cowboys: From Randy Gregory to Jason Witten

Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

From the recent suspension of Randy Gregory to the return of Jason Witten, what does it all mean for the Dallas Cowboys?

Not that the Dallas Cowboys and owner/general manager Jerry Jones don’t produce newsworthy content every week, but this week has been something special. Dallas has been rocked by a key suspension, rumors of another suspension to follow, and a returning legend all while prepping for the start of the NFL combine.

To put it all in perspective, I’ll break down each of the major developments.

Randy Gregory and David Irving

On Tuesday, the NFL announced that defensive end Randy Gregory would be suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement from his last indefinite suspension.

Considering the vast number of suspensions that Gregory has already faced, it is likely that he has played his last down in the NFL. While we all understood that this type of suspension could happen at any time, it certainly alters Dallas’ offseason plans.

The extension of defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence becomes even more vital, and originally it seemed the Cowboys could reconsider its plan to cut ties with embattled defensive tackle David Irving. Unfortunately, it now seems that Irving could be facing a similar suspension. It’s likely that these positions are addressed early in the draft, possibly with multiple picks.

Jason Witten

This brings us to Thursday’s big news. Legendary tight end Jason Witten has decided to end his retirement and rejoin the team on a one-year deal. The decision comes on the heels of an unimpressive season in the broadcast booth for ESPN. While I wouldn’t expect a dominant season from the soon-to-be 37-year old, he will certainly bring consistency, effort, and experience as the likely starter in Dallas.

Next. 3 gadget players for Kellen Moore’s new offense. dark

This is a big deal for the 2019 Dallas Cowboys. But don’t expect Jason Witten to lead the team in receptions. I would still consider the position as a strong need early in the draft, as Witten is unlikely to play after 2019.