Cowboys extend Randy Gregory despite indefinite suspension

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory suspended indefinitely, report says

The Cowboys don’t know if Randy Gregory will take the field in 2019, but they do know they want him beyond that

Dallas signed the troubled 26-year-old defensive end Tuesday through the 2020 season, NFL Media reported, although he was handed an indefinite suspension in February for his fourth violation of the NFL’s Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse and for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement.

According to the report, $310,000 of his 2019 salary was converted into a signing bonus. The deal includes a one-year salary of $735,000 with incentives that could boost the total.

Prior to his suspension, Gregory was in stage three of the substance-abuse program and subject to testing up to 10 times a month, as well as regular re-evaluations of his clinical resources. A violation in stage three calls for a suspension of one calendar year.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett stood by Gregory in late February after the suspension was handed down.

“Our eyes were wide open about what Randy’s situation was when we drafted him,” Garrett said, via USA Today. “We fully support Randy. Randy is a good young man. He has some issues he has been dealing with … head on from Day 1. He spent a lot of time getting professional help.

“We will continue to try to support him and provide a good structure.”

Gregory has struggled with off-field issues since college and has played in just 28 games since being drafted by Dallas in 2015. He most recently had six sacks in 14 games for the Cowboys in 2018.

Dallas traded for Robert Quinn and signed him to a new deal Monday to shore up its defensive line. The move buys the organization time to salvage as much of Gregory’s career as possible.

“I don’t think you can count on him right now,” Garrett said of Gregory. “Hopefully we’ve built our team up to the point where we don’t have these blatant needs. … There’s certainly a point [you cut ties] with different players. We don’t think we’re at that point with Randy right now.

“He’ll continue to work and try to get professional help for his issues. I do believe he’s made great strides in this area and the way it’s been explained to me is sometimes, relapse is part of rehab. I think that’s something he’ll continue to work through.”