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REPORT: Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Working Towards Playing in 2020

There was a report last Friday that Randy Gregory, the suspended Cowboys defensive end who hasn’t played 2018, filed for reinstatement from the NFL. While newer reports today reveal Gregory hasn’t made the official request yet, they do confirm his intention to return to football in 2020.

ESPN’s false report on Gregory’s reinstatement request was debunked later that evening by NFL Network’s Jane Slater, and more details have come out today from Sport Illustrated’s Mike Fisher.

Jane Slater on Twitter

Following reports of his filing for reinstatement, I reached out to Randy Gregory and he says “I’m hopeful of a return to football in 2020 but papers haven’t been filed yet. #Cowboys

Many Cowboys fans roll their eyes now at the mention of Gregory’s name after a disappointing history of drug-related suspensions. However, his potential return this season could be a major boon for Dallas.

Last year’s sack leader, Robert Quinn, is an unrestricted free agent who could command a big payday. Dallas also has a tough decision to make on keeping or cutting Tyrone Crawford, plus the free agency of backup Kerry Hyder.

Despite all the drama, Gregory is a proven sack artist who should can provide immediate help. In 2018 he had six sacks for Dallas despite playing in just 14 games and just 44% of the team’s total defensive snaps.

As I wrote about two weeks ago, the expected changes to the NFL’s drug policy on marijuana use should benefit Randy Gregory. His reinstatement request would likely be granted regardless, but the lighter policy would help him to stay active and avoid future suspensions.

We thought that Gregory would try to come back last year but apparently decided to stay away and work on himself; preparing so that his next attempt to return to the NFL would be a successful one. It appears the wait may finally be over.

This isn’t to say that Dallas should just let Robert Quinn leave, or not draft a pass rusher in April, based on Randy’s potential comeback. Counting on him is still a high-risk strategy.

Still, Randy Gregory’s likely availability for 2020 could push the Cowboys to not overpay for Quinn or spend a first-round pick at defensive end. It’s a real factor in their offseason plans going forward and worth paying attention to.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by 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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  1. I really hope he does it successfully. I miss watching his freak athleticism. Not to be cliché….. But I’ll believe it when I see it. I wouldn’t hold my breath on David Irving tho. But one can hope right?


  3. Unfortunately, Gregory’s history gives people very little confidence in him. He had so much talent, but apparently has a addiction problem that he is having a very tough time kicking. Wish him the best, seems to be a good guy otherwise. Irving, on the other hand, seems to be a bit of an jerk? Rooting for Gregory.

  4. Just want to say this, I am all for a person changing their ways to make themselves better. Unfortunately track record tells us to not hold our breath. As the articles mentions u can’t put your eggs in his basket and let Quinn walk. Quinn I believe has been majority overshadowed by the cooper, Prescott Jones circus.
    Here is what u do:
    Sign 2 years contract with Quinn renegotiate contract with Crawford or release which should give the cap for Quinn, bring Gregory in rotational. Let Hyde walk.
    If Gregory pans out u could next year potentially replace Quinn then and start a work horse in gregory. If he doesn’t pan out you still have Quinn for at least another year. While potentially looking for draft help then instead of this year when we are looking for everything on defense.

  5. Quinn, Lawrence and Gregory would rush opposing QBs throws (not to mention pile up sacks) and would force more interceptions which is sorely needed

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