According to ProFootballTalk.com, ESPN’s Ed Werder says the reason the Dallas Cowboys haven’t released Josh Brent is because they believe he’ll one day be a contributor on the field for them.
Brent’s legal problems make it unlikely that he’ll play at all this year. Even if he were to escape going to prison, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will probably suspend him for a full season, as he did with Donte’ Stallworth, who was forced to sit out the 2009 season after he struck and killed a pedestrian while driving drunk.
But the Cowboys still believe that Brent, whom they drafted in 2010, can be a valuable member of their defensive line, perhaps in 2014. And as a result, they’re likely to keep him on a reserve list and hope he can eventually play again.
After driving drunk and killing his former teammate Jerry Brown, I can’t imagine Brent not getting a long enough prison sentence that won’t wipe out his NFL career.