Late last night, our own R.J. Ochoa penned a piece about the upcoming meeting this week between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Cowboys edge rusher Randy Gregory:
“The technically fourth-year defensive lineman (isn’t that insane?) has been battling suspension issues for basically the entire Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott era, and he’s looking to re-join the Cowboys.
Randy applied for reinstatement earlier this offseason, and it seems that we are advancing (at least in a logistical sense) along in that process. Gregory tweeted late Monday night that he was in New York, and ESPN’s Todd Archer corroborated that he was there for NFL business with a follow up.”
According to multiple sources, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is expected to meet with NFL officials this week in New York, including potentially commissioner Roger Goodell, in his bid to be reinstated after a year-long suspension for... https://t.co/pV2rI9Ew8I— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) June 12, 2018
That meeting has concluded and was apparently a very lengthy one, according to Yahoo Sports, Charles Robinson:
“According to a league source briefed on the meeting with Goodell, Gregory’s reinstatement application included furnishing results from an intensively documented six-month rehabilitation regimen that would typically cost upward of $250,000. The source said Gregory’s documentation included daily drug testing, counseling and an intensive two-month inpatient treatment program that provided an initial push for Gregory’s trek back to the NFL.
“It’s been eight months getting to this point,” the source said of Gregory’s reinstatement application. “I think the light came on several months ago for Randy that this is it. This is probably his last chance to get this right.”
According to the source briefed on the application, Gregory’s representatives provided the NFL with “five to six boxes” of information and letters from counselors and others who have supported Gregory’s effort – most notably, six straight months of daily drug tests Gregory has passed dating back to December 2017. The presentation also included a plan outlining a structure that would keep Gregory on track if he were to be reinstated to the league, and the source added that he’s expected to begin football-specific training with former Oakland Raiders defensive end Greg Townsend in the coming weeks.”
The Cowboys organization wasn’t present for the meeting but it’s clear that they are absolutely tuned in to what happens next for the defensive end. Randy Gregory has done all that he can to show good faith that he’s learned from his past transgressions and hopes to be on the field when the Cowboys head off to Oxnard for training camp.
However, that’s not a guarantee to take place as Goodell may do exactly as he did when Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement. Gordon was reinstated in November of last season but was denied six months earlier as Goodell wanted to see continued evidence of his sobriety.
That’s certainly a possibility for Gregory that just spent the entire year banned from football after already serving several suspensions in the past. Taking a meeting with Roger Goodell is most definitely a great sign but it’s only a step in the right direction.
“It’s in Roger’s hands and it could take some time,” the source said of the commissioner. “Having Randy back with [the Cowboys] for training camp would be a great thing, but there’s really no timetable. That’s up to Roger.”
There are lots of reasons to be optimistic when it comes to Randy Gregory’s chances of reinstatement. Still, the Cowboys coaches have remained steadfast in preparing the players that are currently able to contribute. This is a situation with many layers and the Cowboys will continue to demonstrate cautious optimism in regards to Randy Gregory.