Normally, when a player has four different violations of the NFL drug policy, that player is no longer employed. At the very least, even if that player remains employed, he’s done with the team as soon as his contract is over.
However, those disciplinary norms apparently do not apply to the Dallas Cowboys.
Lost in the news shuffle after the Cowboys traded for Robert Quinn last week, was the contract extension of Cowboys linebacker and frequent NFL drug policy offender, Randy Gregory.
A day after acquiring Robert Quinn last week, the #Cowboys quietly extended suspended DE Randy Gregory’s contract through 2020. $310K of existing 2019 salary converted to signing bonus. Added year worth $735K, more with escalator. Team has stayed hopeful Gregory plays in 2019.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 2, 2019
According to 12UP, “If eligible to play in 2019, the 2015 second-round pick was set to be in the final year of his current contract. It remains to be seen how difficult it will be for Randy to be reinstated as the severity of his violation has not been disclosed.
“It’s Gregory’s fourth suspension since entering the league and he’s already missed one entire season in 2017 and played just two games in 2016 due to suspension.”
It turns out the NFL can be a league of second, third, or even fourth chances, if you can play.
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