Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Is it time to cut Josh Brent?
By Calvin Watkins
From a financial standpoint, the Dallas Cowboys don't have to do anything regarding defensive tackle Josh Brent. He's currently on the reserve/non-football illness list because he's awaiting trial for an intoxication manslaughter charge resulting in the death of practice squad player Jerry Brown.
Brent counts $641,889 against the salary cap.
However, you begin to wonder if the Cowboys are running out of patience with Brent.
Last week, Dallas County prosecutors said Brent tested positive for marijuana while on bail, a clear violation of his terms. Prosecutors are asking a judge to revoke Brent's $100,000 bond and issue a warrant for his arrest.
This latest fiasco should frustrate the Cowboys in their dealings with Brent.
It might be time to release him. Currently, the Cowboys have 90 men on the roster and need to make room with the expected signing of Jeris Pendleton.
After Brent was charged back in December, the popular theory at Valley Ranch was the Cowboys didn't want to release a popular player in the locker room who developed close relationships. The Cowboys, from owner/general manager Jerry Jones, to nearly every player on the roster, wanted to support Brent. Brown's mother also asked the Cowboys to support Brent.
The Cowboys have bent over backward with support. They've allowed him to use the facilities to work out, talk to team counselors and kept him on the roster. The Cowboys can release Brent and still remain supportive. Now, his availability to the team facility could be limited because he's no longer a member of the franchise, but his teammates reach out to him all the time.
Coach Jason Garrett and Jones, along with others in the front office, can continue to speak with him.
The Cowboys are waiting for the NFL to make a decision regarding Brent. When Brent's legal proceedings conclude, the NFL will render a decision, thus leaving it out of the Cowboys' hands.
Jones and the rest of the organization should be commended for their support of Brent, but now it could be time to say goodbye.