Cowboys Josh Brent Retires From NFL

IRVING - The football career of Josh Brent took another notable turn on Friday as the Cowboys announced his retirement from the NFL in order to 'seek normalcy.' That, plus notes from inside the first day of Valley Ranch workouts for rookies.

The Dallas Cowboys placed defensive tackle Josh Brent on the reserved/retired list today, as he has opted to end his football career to "continue to get his life back in order,'' coach Jason Garrett said.

Brent, found guilty of intoxication manslaughter in the 2012 death of teammate and best friend Jerry Brown Jr., is indicating he's not ready to "prioritize'' football. After spending five months in jail last year, the Cowboys brought him back -- after the Jones family stayed in touch with him by helping him find an off-season job.

"I admire Josh in a lot of ways for coming back from a real significant situation in his life,'' Garrett said. "It’s not easy and I think he’s worked very hard to find some normalcy in his life. I think he wanted to focus on that right now and wish him nothing but the best.”


Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said Friday that Brent had "worked his ass off'' towards contributing this year as a 1-tech run-stuffer who could rotate in.

The 2012 tragedy was the second of his drunk-driving incidents, the first of which occurred in college and was part of the reason he slipped to the seventh round in his draft class.

Onside Kicks

La'el Collins can practice with the team starting Monday. He won't practice this weekend due to an NFL 24-hour-ater-signing rule. ... Our Cowboys Crunchtime Podcast series is here, featuring Fish, KD Drummond, Bob Sturm, Clarence Hill, Jeff Cavanaugh and more ... Keep it right here at CowboysHQ for hard-hitting commentary and outstanding analysis. ... The Top 5 UDFAs Who Can Make the Cowboys Rosrer is here ... Want more Cowboys Draft Profiles? Click here. ... Garrett likes what Antwan Goodley did in terms of productivity with the Baylor Bears and said Terrance Williams' work at Baylor gives Dallas confidence in what Goodley might do ... Fish reports that Charles Haley was in the locker room today -- with his Doberman -- and successfully calling for a private conference with Randy Gregory. ... Tony Romo, Greg Hardy and Mo Claiborne are among the vets who were in the building during the workout. ... The Cowboys are experimenting with a "drone'' to help film practices.

The Final Word

"It really doesn't matter where you came from.'' -- Garrett, his way of encouraging the UDFAs, and tempering any cockiness on the part of high picks.

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