Dallas Cowboys player Randy Gregory
Dec 23, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) celebrates recovering a fumble with outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (55) in the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys let Robert Quinn walk this offseason, hoping the NFL would reinstate Randy Gregory and allow the athletic edge rusher to fill the void along the defensive line. Unfortunately, things don’t look promising for Gregory’s chances of returning to the NFL.

Cowboys ‘all but given up hope’ on Randy Gregory’s reinstatement

Suspensions have largely defined Randy Gregory‚Äôs NFL career since coming into the league as a second-round pick in 2015. The 27-year-old defensive end has been suspended four times, missing the entire 2017 and 2019 seasons, for violating the NF’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse and the terms of his conditional reinstatements.

The Cowboys have grown frustrated in recent years with the talented, but troubled pass rusher’s struggles to stay on the field. When he petitioned for reinstatement this year following the NFL relaxing its rules in the new CBA, the organization was hopeful he would be allowed to return to the field.

Sadly, the feeling of hope is gone in Dallas. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence E. Hill Jr, the Cowboys have all but given up hope on Gregory being reinstated by the NFL.

As a result, the team will head into training camp with its roster largely set and significant questions along the entire defense. Worse yet for the fan base and the team’s chances of contention, reinforcements likely aren’t coming.

Cowboys not interested in Jamal Adams or Jadeveon Clowney?

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams wants out and dreams of returning home to play for the Cowboys. Meanwhile, Dallas is star edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney’s preferred landing spot and he’s open to signing a one-year deal just for the chance to contend.

While both young, talented stars might love the idea of playing for the Cowboys, the interest reportedly isn’t mutual. Dallas doesn’t want to pay what it would cost to land either player and the organization is ready to play this season with the talent it already has.

It’s a decision that could ultimately prove costly. The Cowboys have an offense and coaching staff capable of winning a Super Bowl, but there are alarming questions at every level of their defense. If they don’t make any major additions this season, this Achilles’ heel could cost them dearly.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick