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Could NFL’s New Drug Policy in CBA Help Cowboys DE Randy Gregory?

One component of the NFL's proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is still in negotiations between the owners and players, is a revised drug policy with lighter rules around use. If this new is adopted and certain aspects take effect in 2020, how might this new policy help Cowboys return to active duty?

Gregory, a highly-talented pass rusher drafted in 2015, has struggled with marijuana use and been on the wrong end of the NFL's drug policy for most of his professional career. He has missed all of the 2017 and 2019 seasons on , plus multiple games in other years.

These absent years have allowed Dallas to retain Gregory's right well beyond the usual four-year mark. He is still under contract for 2020 and could provide the Cowboys with a much-needed pass rushing option, especially if is lost in .

It's important to note that Gregory's in 2019 was never really challenged. Randy didn't apply for as many expected, reportedly taking the year to work on his personal life and make sure his next attempt to return to the NFL would be successful.

Had Gregory actually tried to return last year it probably would have been approved. The league allowed WR to come back in 2019 despite an even worse track record than Randy's, which was indicative of the softening viewpoint around marijuana use that led to this revised policy.

So really, Randy Gregory should be able to get back into the league even without this new CBA. But where the new drug policy can really help him is staying active for the Cowboys.

Gregory is the best natural pass rusher that Dallas has had since . He's proven that he can make an impact even in a supporting role, registering six in 2018 despite not starting.

Even if the Cowboys do keep Quinn in 2020, having Gregory has a rotation piece would be a highly valuable asset.

Right now it looks the players, who are schedule to vote today on the proposed CBA, will likely reject the proposal based on other factors regarding compensation and schedules. The negotiations will probably go into next year and even a 2021 lockout by the players is possible, if not expected.

So yes, sadly, this may all be a moot point. But even if the drug policy doesn't get changed in 2020, hopefully Randy Gregory is still ready to make a return to football and provide some needed help to the Cowboys' .

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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I’ve always been a fan of Gregory’s pure athleticism even in college. To have a chance of having him back on the Dline would be amazing. I think Jerry Jones knows he’s got an ace in the hole with Gregory and is why he’s helped him so much along the way in hopes he can unlock the beast of randy on the field for his cowboys. And being a businessman he knows he can probably get a good return on his investment.
I would love to see him back even if the CBA falls short.


My only stopping thought about welcoming him back is this, is his weed habit more important to him than football ala David Irving?

Raul Navarrette Jr

Hey Cowboys Nation, if Randy would have plan last season he would have ten sacks. Now in 2020 when he come back 10 plus sacks, he better than Quinn any day of the week.

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