The Dallas Cowboys have at all times been a staff that hasn’t been afraid to take probabilities on gamers throughout proprietor Jerry Jones’ tenure. Whether or not on a participant with character points which have impacted his profession, or on damage that has prompted different groups to again away, the Cowboys have taken their shot loads of occasions. There’s a participant at the moment on the roster who Jones has put a lot effort into serving to on and off the sector, and that’s Randy Gregory. Jones has stood by Gregory throughout his battle with managed substances and that dedication to him has began to repay.
After giving Gregory a contract extension in September of final yr, the Cowboys have now positioned Gregory to play himself into a pleasant payday subsequent offseason. Gregory is in line to have a extra distinguished function within the Cowboys protection beneath Dan Quinn. Final season Gregory returned to the sector and was in a position to play in 10 video games after his suspension. Throughout that point, Gregory was in a position to acquire 3.5 sacks, 21 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, however essentially the most spectacular may simply be his 12 quarterback hits. That quantity reveals that even throughout his time away from the sport, Gregory hasn’t misplaced a step and if given extra taking part in time may have put up higher numbers.
Gregory has expressed his frustration relating to his taking part in time final season and the Cowboys have come out and stated that he shall be getting on the sector much more this season. The departure of Aldon Smith to the Seattle Seahawks is a significant factor, however even when he stayed with the Cowboys final season Smith’s play began to say no whereas Gregory’s didn’t. The Cowboys appear like they’ve now seen the error of their methods and know the way explosive, and efficient, Gregory could be when he begins and is given numerous snaps reverse DeMarcus Lawrence.
With all the positives that include Gregory getting again on the sector, the Cowboys should take care of him turning into a free agent on the finish of the season. The Cowboys have gone by means of this drama previously with Lawrence and their technique of ready gamers out hasn’t actually been working for them these days. Lawrence, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and most just lately Dak Prescott have all been in a position to wait the staff out and get the contract they wished. They will’t let this occur with Gregory, they have to be sensible and attempt to get him beneath contract early.
They’ll have cash subsequent season to play with as all groups do, however the price of holding Gregory now in comparison with if he has a breakout season in 2021 is a gigantic distinction. Defensive finish is a premier place and instructions some huge cash on the open market. There’s the danger of Gregory not performing or backsliding along with his off-the-field points, however nothing is ever a certain factor. If the Cowboys beleive in Gregory, in the event that they assume he’ll excel beneath Dan Quinn, and so they imagine his off-the-field points are usually not going to return, they need to signal him to an extension now.
They’ve given him a ton of help over time, now it’s time to safe him for the longer term.