On January 24th, Brent was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter in the death of teammate and friend, Jerry Brown. Brent was sentenced to 180 days of jail and 10 years of probation as a result of the accident that took place on December 8th, 2012. If he violates his probation, he will serve 10 years of jail time. Brent is currently serving his time and will be releases later this year and in time for the 2014 NFL season.
However, even after he serves his jail time, he still may have to serve a league suspension. That hearing with NFLPA and the Commissioner’s office could result in a multi-game or season long suspension. This has not yet swayed the minds of the Dallas Cowboys front office.
“We’ll certainly look at that. The league will have a big say in when he can come back,” Stephen Jones said. “We’ll certainly evaluate that situation when it comes. I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.”
In the past, the Cowboys were known to take risks on players with shady pasts (See Tank Johnson, Adam ‘Pac Man’ Jones, Nate Newton, Dwayne Goodrich, Harvey Martin and Michael Irvin- just to name a few), but it seems like ever since Head Coach Jason Garrett has been at the helm there is certain approach to signing players. While you can criticize all you want about the level of talent on the team, there does seem to be more players with less character issues.
Whether or not that has translated into wins on the field is another story but it looks like they are at least trying to breed a different culture than the one they were infamously known for in the 90’s. Personally, I don’t think it would be in the Cowboys best interest to get Brent back. The fan and media push back alone seems like it would be so much of a distraction that it is not worth it. You could potentially be wasting a roster spot a guy that won’t play for an additional year. Plus, the Cowboys have finally began to rebuild their defensive line with talent through the draft so they should continue to find younger and cheaper players there.
I believe that as long as coach Garrett is around, Brent won’t be on the team, but if the coach misses the playoffs another year, I don’t think we’ll be seeing him in 2015 either.