Cowboys ‘wouldn’t rule out’ bringing back DT Josh Brent

Former Cowboys DT Josh Brent was sentenced to 10 years probation for his 2012 drunken-driving crash that killed his friend and teammate Jerry Brown Jr.  

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GRAPEVINE, Texas — Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is scheduled to be released from jail within the next two months.

During the team’s annual golf outing on Tuesday, Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said the franchise would at least consider bringing the 26-year-old back.

"We’ll certainly look at that," Jones said. "The league will have a big say in when he can come back. We’ll certainly evaluate that situation when it comes. But I certainly wouldn’t rule it out."

In January, Brent was sentenced to 10 years probation for his 2012 drunken-driving crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown Jr. Brent is currently serving a 180-day jail sentence. If he violates his probation, he could be forced to serve a 10-year prison term.

"Obviously, Josh has paid a price," Jones said. "That’s a tragic, tragic accident. Right now, he’s doing what he needs to be doing. We’ll evaluate things as they move forward."

Brent announced his retirement from the NFL last July. If he seeks a return to the game, Brent could face a suspension from the league under its personal conduct policy.

Jones said they have talked to the league about the possibility of further punishment for Brent, but called it, "a work in progress."

"Obviously, they’re looking at it, and we’ll kind of see how it goes," Jones said. "Obviously he sat out a year. The bigger thing is that Josh has to see where his priorities are. A lot of things have to be determined there."

Brent played in 39 games for the Cowboys between 2010 and 2012, recording 44 tackles and 1.5 sacks.