Earlier this week, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said that the possibility of a reunion with defensive tackle Josh Brent still existed.
“The league will have a big say in when he can come back, but we’ll certainly evaluate the situation when it comes,” Jones said. “I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.”
As of today, Brent has been out of football for more than a year, and I cannot imagine him being in football shape. So, the question I would ask first is, given all that has happened since that awful night, which claimed linebacker Jerry Brown’s life; can Brent be resilient? I don’t know; to be honest, I don’t think that anyone but Brent can answer that question.
Some might see the Cowboys as desperate for even contemplating such a thing, but I see it as an opportunity. It is an opportunity for the Cowboys to help themselves on defense, but more importantly, an opportunity to help a young man reclaim his life.
The last time that Brent was on the field for the Cowboys he was having a very good year. According to Pro Football Focus, he finished among the top-6 highest graded Cowboys’ defenders with an overall grade of (+6.0), (+4.8) against the run and (+1.8) against the pass, despite not playing in five games that season.
What I specifically like about Brent is that despite being a true nose tackle at 6-2, 315-lbs, he is agile and mobile enough to put pressure on the quarterback on passing downs.
It is uncertain that he will be back on the team, but if the Cowboys can get him back, and if he can work his way back onto the field, I think it would certainly go a long way toward fixing the disaster that has been the Cowboys defense for quite some time.