Unlike the Dallas Cowboys, the Denver Broncos have made some Blockbuster, big splash free agent signings this offseason. The first was former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Denver was able to secure the 9x Pro Bowl quarterback over many other teams. Then, the Broncos were able to pull defensive end, Randy Gregory, away from the Cowboys, too.
Denver was apparently heavily recruiting Gregory, but the defender initially chose to sign with the Cowboys. But the Broncos remained patient. After problems regarding contract clauses and language, the Dallas front office lost its chance. Gregory knew he had an offer on the table from another team who wouldn’t make him agree to such clauses, and Gregory was gone.
The former Cowboy has already shared several posts on social media expressing his happiness about his new team. But he revealed something else in a press conference with the Broncos. According to Gregory, Wilson was a huge part of the reason Gregory chose Denver.
Broncos GM George Paton employed Wilson to help persuade Gregory. He asked the quarterback to reach out to Gregory to see what he could do. Apparently, the quarterback didn’t take that lightly, calling and texting the former Cowboy multiple times.
Former Cowboys DE Randy Gregory revealed that Broncos QB Russell Wilson heavily recruited him to the team
Paton said he was grateful that he asked his new franchise QB for a favor and it resulted in Wilson calling the Cowboy multiple times. Gregory said that Wilson “was probably, if not the top reason, one of the top reasons why [Gregory] was able to get out” to Denver. The defensive end said that Wilson was relentless and he’s glad the QB pushed so hard to get him. He’s more from Gregory:
"“It’s big for me because my biggest thing is feeling wanted and having that support. I don’t know if it was eight times, but he hit me up a lot. The first night I was afraid to answer back, there was a lot of uncertainty with everything going on. I woke up the next morning and the first text I saw was from him again. Then he sent me another one… He’s FaceTiming me throughout this whole entire process. Just having him there in the back of my mind really helped, and being able to sit down and talk to him on FaceTime.”"
We are sure Wilson is a very persuasive guy. But let’s not forget that it was the Cowboys’ front office that let Gregory walk. A large part of the reason Gregory is on the Bronco’s, according to NBC’s Pro Football Talk, is that Denver didn’t have the clause in his contract that would have jeopardized his guaranteed money like the Cowboys did.
Dallas wanted the right to void his guaranteed money if Gregory were suspended or fined. Gregory gave the Joneses a chance to remove it, and it didn’t happen. But maybe Wilson was part of the reason that walking out on Dallas was so easy. Regardless, Gregory got what he wanted… just not in Dallas.