Dallas Cowboys: Not all smooth sailing for Randy Gregory under new CBA

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 16: Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 16: Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The NFL’s handling of positive marijuana tests, change under the new CBA but that doesn’t mean things are all smooth sailing for the Dallas Cowboys’ Randy Gregory

Under the rules of newly agreed upon Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the NFL will soften it’s stance towards positive marijuana tests. This comes as a shock to no one since the league was expected to lighten up with the recent trend of state legalization. And with some states even legislating to restrict corporate discrimination in marijuana hiring practices , it was only a matter of time before the NFL caved on their outdated hard-line stance. This is good news for Dallas Cowboys fans.

The Dallas Cowboys have had two potentially significant players punished under the NFL substance abuse policy (Randy Gregory and David Irving). The former is currently serving an indefinite suspension and the latter retired altogether following multiple violations (more on him tomorrow).

With marijuana seemingly decriminalized, it’s good news for Randy Gregory, right?

Well, kinda. You see the NFL isn’t totally embracing weed as an alternative medicine. Reports indicate they still plan to test for it and issue penalties for it. They just aren’t going to suspend for it anymore.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor, the NFL could fine players anywhere from half-a-game’s salary to three game checks for a positive test. While that’s an improvement upon the old policy, it’s hardly welcoming.

Randy Gregory, who uses marijuana partially to treat his mental health issues, still stands to be punished significantly under the new policy. Additionally, just because the policy changed doesn’t mean he’s suddenly back in good standing. Gregory filed for reinstatement earlier in the year and as of yet, nothing has changed regarding his status on the commissioners suspended list.

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Gregory is still under contract with the Dallas Cowboys so whenever he does return to the NFL, it’ll be with Big D. At age 27, the 6-foot-5, 255 lb edge rusher is just entering his physical prime. The 2020 season stands to be his most important season yet. If he can get back on the field, he could string together a full season of play without the fear of banishment. And if he can finally reach his massive potential, he could parlay that into a very significant free agent deal next offseason.

Why do care so much about a guy who’s spent more time suspended than on the field? I explain here in: Why we still care about Randy Gregory

At the end of the day the NFL’s new stance on marijuana is good news, but it’s pretty far from great news since the league is still threatening to take their players’ money for a non-performance-enhancing drug. Randy Gregory still needs to be reinstated but at least now the way back onto the field has been paved by the new CBA.

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The new CBA doesn’t offer smooth sailing to players who treat themselves with marijuana but at least it gets them on the filed. That’s good news to Randy Gregory and the Dallas Cowboys. Just not great.

  • Published on 03/16/2020 at 12:06 PM
  • Last updated at 03/16/2020 at 12:06 PM