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Cowboys Would Consider Bringing Back DT Josh Brent

 

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones told reporters at the annual Cowboys charity golf event that the team would be open to the return of DT Josh Brent after he completes his jail sentence, per Calvin Watkins.

  • Jones added that the they are working with the league regarding the situation.

Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation after being convicted of intoxication manslaughter — a crime that resulted in the death of former teammate and friend Jerry Brown Jr.

Back in February, Jones told reporters; “He’s retired and he has got a lot of work ahead of him. But obviously we hope he does all of the right things. And if he does, at some point, and he feels like he has got his priorities in the right order and he wants to play football, then, we’ll discuss that.

The fact that Jones reiterated the team’s openness to the return of Brent suggests that this a real possibility.  Brent is scheduled to be released just prior to the beginning of the Cowboys training camp, which begins on July 23rd.

The move would be a curious one, as Brent’s situation is very sensitive.  The sentence was widely believed to be lenient, and incorporating Brent back into the fold could prove a monumental task.

Further, Brent played as a nose tackle in Dallas’ 3-4 scheme.  With DC Rod Marinelli running the defense now, the system prefers gap-penetrating defensive tackles.

Brent has 44 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 39 games over three seasons with Dallas.