Dallas Cowboys vice-president Stephen Jones said he wouldn’t rule out bringing back former defensive tackle Josh Brent once he completes his jail sentence.
Brent is serving a 180-day jail sentence that was a part of his conviction for a drunk-driving accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown in December of 2012.
Brent was given 10 years probation in January but the judge tacked on a 180 days in jail. He is scheduled to be released right before the Cowboys begin training campJuly 22.
“We’ll certainly look at that,” Jones said Tuesday at the team’s annual golf tournament. “The league will have a big say in when he can come back. We’ll certainly evaluate that situation when it comes. But I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.”
Brent announced his retirement last summer and would have to file papers with the league to return. He would also be subject to further punishment by the NFL under the league’s personal conduct policy.
Jones said the Cowboys have already had talks with the NFL regarding Brent’s status. He said it was a work in progress.
“Obviously, they’re looking at it, and we’ll kind of see how it goes,” Jones said. “Obviously he sat out a year. The bigger thing is that Josh has to see where his priorities are. A lot of things have to be determined there.
Obviously, Josh has paid a price,” Jones continued. “That’s a tragic, tragic accident. Right now he’s doing what he needs to be doing. We’ll evaluate things as they move forward.”