New Cowboys Deal For Gregory Still Not Approved By NFL

Mike Fisher
July 22, 2019 - 7:20 am
Randy Gregory

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FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) - While the No. 1 priority on "indefinitely suspended'' Randy Gregory's Summer to-do list was what sources tell me was a July 15-16 appeal to the NFL commissioner's office for reinstatement, the Dallas Cowboys' pass-rusher has two other issues on his business plate.

One of those is relatively simple; he has parted ways with agent Steve Weinberg and is in the process of making official his new representation.

The other? The contract extension the Cowboys signed him to in late April -- a deal forged nearly two months after the league handed down the indefinite suspension for a late-2018-season violation of the substance abuse program -- has not yet been approved by the NFL.

The deal is an unorthodox one. Dallas added a $310,000 signing bonus to the $955,217 base salary Gregory would earn should he take the field in 2019, and adding an additional year (2020) to the contract with a base salary of $735,000.

At least on the surface, the contractual arrangement would seem to serve the purpose of finding a legal way of putting some cash in the pocket of a player who, due to his short career full of suspensions, may have a cash flow issue. (As I've reported in this space, Gregory has been in conflict with a landlord over rent payments not made.) 

It is possible that the league's examination of the contract is simply about checking "the dotted i's and the crossed t's,'' and it is also possibly that the finalization of Gregory's choice of new representation will accelerate that process.

Meanwhile, Gregory awaits a ruling (maybe one that will come following a face-to-face session with commissioner Roger Goodell) that would grant him permission to reunite with his team -- in theory at some point during training camp in Oxnard, California. Sources tell me that Gregory's paperwork presentation to the league includes proof of a series of clean drug tests and participation in a volume of behavioral programs. His proposal could also include an offer from Gregory's parents to move from their Michigan home to North Texas, where they would involve themselves as "responsibility partners'' during his rehab.