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Cowboys and Randy Gregory Reach Agreement on 1 Year Extension

The path back to the NFL has been a long one for Randy Gregory, who was just reinstated from his most recent indefinite for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. Originally selected in the of the 2015 , Gregory has served off and on over the years, self-medicating with to overcome mental health struggles that have followed him since Nebraska. That process has finally led to Randy Gregory’s return to the NFL after an arduous process held up by , and the availability for him to follow his league-mandated plan.

Now back with another opportunity to make some noise for the Dallas , Gregory and the Cowboys agreed to a one-year extension yesterday evening that will keep the gifted pass rusher in Dallas through the .

Per Todd Archer of , the one-year contract extension will be worth up to $2.1 million in 2021, and Gregory receives a $200,000 bonus.

That bonus is the Cowboys’ way of putting some money in his pockets since he hasn’t earned a game check since 2018. In a teaser from The Boys and Girl featuring Jane Slater and , they interviewed Randy Gregory’s, Agent Peter Schaffer. They asked what Gregory’s been up to during his indefinite suspension.

In the clip above, Shaffer shares that Randy now has a child, and to provide for his family, he has been working at an Amazon Distribution Center.

Gregory hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since the when he played 14 games and set a career-high with six . In that season, he also added 15 hits and two forced fumbles. That 2018 was a reminder of just how talented of a player Randy Gregory is despite serving suspensions that limited him only 14 games in the first three seasons after being drafted.

In the most recently signed Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NFL and the made some changes to the way the league views marijuana. Back in March, they agreed to decrease the testing window from four months to the two weeks before and increased the threshold for a positive test. Under the old , the threshold for a positive test was 35 nanograms. Now it’s 150. Also, players will no longer face game suspensions for positive tests. Instead, they’ll face fines.

Though the NFL took some of the teeth out of its policy with regards to marijuana, marijuana is still considered a banned substance. There’s also no telling how this will affect players already in the substance abuse program before the new collective bargaining agreement, such as Randy Gregory or the . As we’ve seen with the drawn-out reinstatement process, the NFL still has a say concerning Randy Gregory’s conditional reinstatement.

While we don’t know how the new CBA impacts those in the program, we do know that Randy Gregory will return in October after an acclimation period that allows him to begin working out at in Frisco, TX. He’ll also be able to meet with coaches and spend time learning the . Though we’re all excited to see Randy Gregory return and hoped it could be as soon as week one against the , this acclimation period that Gregory will go through should be considered his training camp. He’ll spend the next month getting up to speed both physically and mentally before he’s able to join the team for practices starting on October 5th.

On the football side of things, it’s exciting that the Dallas Cowboys will get to add a player who is such a naturally gifted pass rusher. On the people side of things, it’s exciting that Randy Gregory is doing well.

This new contract with the Dallas Cowboys is a two-way tip of the cap. A relationship that started more than five years ago will extend another year for the , which will pay huge dividends in the second half of 2020 and into 2021.

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Written by John Williams

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  1. Happy to hear we locked up Gregory for another yr. We could very well lose A Smith/ E Griffen after this season, especially if they have good yrs. Quality pass rushers are always at a premium in the NFL.

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