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Brent wants back in

Former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell by the end of next week, if not sooner, in an effort to gain re-entry to the NFL, according to his agent Peter Schaffer.

Brent was released from a Dallas addiction rehabilitation facility Tuesday.

Brent retired prior to the 2013 season and prior to the trial that convicted him of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown Jr.

"There are a lot of bridges that had to be crossed to get to this point and there still are bridges that have to be crossed now," Schaffer said.

"But I do believe he is a much mature and aware individual. He'll be a better player and person. He'll be playing with a sense of purpose for Jerry's family, and people will see he deserves a second chance."

Schaffer said there were multiple requirements for Brent to get to this point. He had to spend close to 45 days at the Enter Health Facility in the Dallas area, where Brent built up a support system that still is helping rehabilitate him.

Brent also went to the Brown family to get their blessing on resuming his NFL career, and Schaffer said they happily extended it. Brent officially filed for reinstatement Tuesday.

Now Brent needs Goodell to be comfortable reinstating him, and the Cowboys must determine whether they want to bring him back to their roster. There is no timetable for when Goodell will make a decision.

Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who has been consistent in his support of Brent, said he did not want to "look presumptuous" by stating an intention to re-sign the defensive tackle before the commissioner makes a ruling.

However, Jones has made it clear the Cowboys would seriously consider giving Brent a chance to resume his football career, a stance Jones reiterated Wednesday.

"He has played at a level before that would help us, yes, and obviously we're trying to build this defensive line," Jones said. "I know that one thing for sure, he is contrite, and I know he feels one of the best ways to pay his debt to what he feels to the family is to do what he does the best and that is be a football player. He's got it to do, but talking with him, there is a lot of resolve there."

Jones has said he believes Brent deserves another chance to play in the NFL, whether it's with the Cowboys or another team. Jones added Wednesday that a story of Brent's redemption could serve as an example for others.

"I think that the pluses are that he's had an experience and been through something that will make or break his life," Jones said. "There's a whole bunch of where he goes from here relative to what he's been through. He can be a great example. There's no place like the NFL to rehab your credibility or show that you are contrite.

"It's a great opportunity for him under the circumstances to have made the mistake that he made to do some real good, help a lot of people and basically leave a better taste in people's mouths about Josh Brent."

Let him back in the sooner the better

Jerry Jones: Josh Brent has a roster spot waiting if reinstated

Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 5, 2014, 2:30 AM EDT

Former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is set to apply for reinstatement this week following a 180-day prison sentence for the death of teammate Jerry Brown in a car accident in December 2012.

If he’s cleared to return to his football career, Jerry Jones says he has a roster spot waiting for him in Dallas.

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jones said that Brent is scheduled to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday. If Brent is cleared by Goodell to resume his career, the Cowboys will free up a roster spot to bring him back to Dallas.

“We will, yes we will,” Jones said. “In other words, we wouldn’t have it today, but we will make a roster spot.”

Brent was convicted on a charge of intoxication manslaughter after flipping his vehicle while drunk. The accident caused the death of Brown, a former Cowboys linebacker.

Brent was released from prison in June and finished his sentence in a substance abuse treatment center. Before applying for reinstatement, Brent first sought the approval of Brown’s family for permission to pursue his career once again.

Brent appeared in 12 games, making five starts, for the Cowboys in 2012 before the accident. He had posted 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble on the season.

Jesse Holley (with Fish)
I got a chance to have dinner with Josh Brent a few days ago, in advance of his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. And I communicated with him on Thursday following the reinstatement in New York.
I can tell Dallas Cowboys fans this, as I noted on our 105.3 The Fan pregame show before Cowboys-at-Chargers: Josh went in feeling optimistic. He came out feeling optimistic.
And before, during and after, he is absolutely remorseful.
Josh, of course, was at the wheel when a horrific accident took the life of his friend and teammate Jerry Brown. He has spent time paying the price legally and has served his time. A cloud is lifting; his spirits are high, his fitness is good, and the dark place he was in a year ago is not so dark.
Josh has expressed to me a desire to help a football team that he's always viewed as his family. He believes he can be a key contributor here and that nothing short of Super Bowl contention must be the goal.
"We can win," Josh tells me. "And I can help."
But he's also motivated by something else: The chance to turn tragedy and remorse into something powerful, into a way to honor Jerry's mother and little daughter.
There are his physical efforts to return to football as he works out at Michael Johnson's facility with the help of ex-Cowboys lineman Andre Gurode. Josh will knock off the rust and be fine there. There is the acceptance inside the Cowboys, from Jerry Jones on down.
But what about the other challenges?
I hope Commissioner Goodell senses what I know about Josh. In fact, I hope he hears he words the same way I hear them when Brent says this to me.
"If I ever get a chance to right that wrong," Josh Brent has said to me, "I will do so."

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