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Cowboys Extended DE Randy Gregory’s Contract Thru 2020

The and have agreed to a one-year . Gregory was scheduled to become a after 2019, but is now signed thru the .

This move will likely surprise many given Gregory's current status. As of late February, Randy became indefinitely suspended once again for a violation of the terms of his conditional . Gregory has struggled against the NFL's substance abuse policy for the majority of his career.

However, the Cowboys have never wavered in their support of Gregory and their expressed belief that he will return to active duty this season.

Drafted in 2015, Randy should have been an unrestricted free agent this year under his original rookie contract. But his missed time from cost him “accrued seasons” according to the , and thus his contract got pushed out another year.

This extension to 2020, though, is a willful decision by both team and player. It says a lot about how the Cowboys perceive Gregory and his issues, as compared to their handling of 's situation.

What remains to be seen is how hard it will be for Randy to get reinstated again. It will depend on the severity of his violation, which is not currently known, and the measures taken to get back on track.

Helping Gregory is that his boss, , has been one of the most outspoken NFL owners on the need to modernize the league's stance on . No doubt, his dealing with Randy have helped shape Jerry's views on the matter.

We'll have to wait and see how all of this unfolds, and just when Randy Gregory will be available to play for the Cowboys again. But for now, this minor contract move is a strong endorsement of the player from the organization.

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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