Former Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell by the end of next week in an effort to gain re-entry into the NFL, agent Peter Schaffer tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Brent, of course, has been out of action since December 2012 when he drove under the influence and caused a car wreck that tragically killed teammate Jerry Brown.
Brent went to Brown’s family to get its blessing on resuming his NFL career, and Schaffer said the family extended it, Schefter tweets. Since the tragedy, Brent has failed multiple drug tests and served time in prison. For his part, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently told WFAA-TV’s Dale Hansen that he’s considering bringing Brent back to Dallas.
“First of all, Josh Brent before he was involved in his tragic mistake, and it was a mistake, he did some really fine things as a football player. By the way, he was a great teammate. As witnessed by the fact his teammates and many of the Brown family members have continued to support him. He is the kind of guy that you would like to see make up for his mistake and support him in a great rehab. The NFL is a great place to make up for a mistake,” Jones said.
In a recent PFR poll, 66% of readers said that Brent should not return to the Cowboys. Brent played in 39 games for the Cowboys between 2010 and 2012, recording 44 tackles and 1.5 sacks.