Remember back right before the Cowboys were deciding their 53-man roster heading into the 2018 season? News broke that Rico Gathers had been arrested for marijuana possession. At the time, given his tenuous hold on a roster spot, it was assumed by many that the Cowboys would take that opportunity to dump Gathers. It didn’t happen. The Cowboys held on to him as they tried to use a tight-end-by-committee to replace the departed Jason Witten.
Just today, Gathers resolved his case related to that arrest.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers cut a deal in his weed possession case and won’t face jail time ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The 25-year-old was arrested back in August in Frisco, Texas just after Cowboys’ training camp ... when cops say they found him with less than 2 ounces of weed.
Gathers was charged with possession of marijuana ... but on Thursday, he struck a deal with prosecutors and will avoid time behind bars for the incident.
Court officials tell us Gathers had his charge reduced from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class C misdemeanor in exchange for a guilty plea.
Rico’s punishment? He has to keep his nose clean for the next 90 days ... and, if he does, the conviction will be wiped off his record.
The NFL never took action on the arrest, perhaps they were waiting for the resolution of his case. They could still do something in relation to his conviction.
Gathers has enormous physical gifts, but never seemed to be able to grasp all the nuances of playing tight end. At least he never showed his potential enough for the Cowboys to play him on a regular basis. He only played on 13.5% of the offensive snaps over the course of the 2018 season, and wasn’t really core to special teams either, playing on less than 2% of those snaps.
With Jason Witten returning, and Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz showing improvement by the end of last season, Gathers may once again be looking at release. He currently is slated to count $586,668 against the cap in 2019, the final year of his contract. He’s defied the odds before, but can he do it again?