Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have proven with their offseason moves that they remain a franchise willing to take a chance, indeed often a second chance, on players.
Standing by Dez Bryant despite those rumors, signing Greg Hardy despite those allegations, and drafting Randy Gregory despite those failed tests; the Cowboys go where many other NFL teams may not dare.
No coming back
That was certainly the case with Defensive Tackle Josh Brent whom the Cowboys kept the rights to even as he was serving time in jail following an intoxication manslaughter conviction. A new development today, though, suggests Josh Brent has played his last game in a Cowboys uniform.
As reported by numerous sources, the Cowboys have placed the 27-year-old on the reserve/retired list as of today.
Brent originally retired from the game in 2013 in order to focus on the legal charges filed against him following his involvement in a fatal car accident that saw then Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown killed.
After serving 180 days in jail following a conviction as the man behind the wheel he returned to the NFL (and Dallas) via reinstatement in the fall of 2014 and, after seeing out a 10-game suspension, made one appearance for the franchise in last year's campaign.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has always spoken of his desire to help Josh Brent get his life, and football career, back on track and even handed the DT a new one-year deal that was supposed to see him through the 2015 NFL season.
Change of heart
Clearly though Brent himself does not feel that he is in the right frame of mind to commit himself fully to football.
Speaking today head coach Jason Garrett made it clear that the decision to retire for a second time was the player's and that the Dallas Cowboys were going to continue to help him moving forward.
If this is to be the last we see of Josh Brent in a Cowboys uniform then he leaves the team having appeared in 46 appearances - completing a total of 46 combined tackles since 2010.
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