Cowboys Rumors: Randy Gregory Agrees to New Contract After Reinstatement

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2020

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) looks on before a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly extended the contract of defensive end Randy Gregory through the 2021 season, according to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News

ESPN's Todd Archer reported that the deal includes a $200,000 signing bonus and could be worth as much as $2.1 million in 2021. 

The reported extension comes just four days after the NFL reinstated Gregory following a lengthy suspension:

Jon Machota @jonmachota

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory has been reinstated from his NFL suspension. Dallas’ edge rushers now include DeMarcus Lawrence, Aldon Smith, Everson Griffen and Gregory https://t.co/lhYobNHIsH

Gregory, 27, won't be allowed to practice with the team until Oct. 5, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, and he can't play a game until Week 7 as a part of his conditional reinstatement. He was allowed to report to the team as of Monday, however. 

Gregory was suspended indefinitely in February 2019 after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. It was his fourth suspension since the Cowboys selected him in the second round of the 2015 draft, and it also broke the terms of his reinstatement from his previous suspension. 

Those suspensions have limited Gregory to only 28 games in three seasons (2015-16, 2018). He has registered 45 tackles (11 for loss), seven sacks, 23 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. 

Gregory has been determined not only to return to the NFL this year but also to stay. He went through rehab and therapy in an effort to restart his career and work through diagnoses of clinical anxiety, clinical depression and bipolar disorder, per Patrik Walker of CBS Sports.

"I will be back this year," Gregory said in March. "Difference is, I'll be back for good this time."