Josh Brent won’t play for the Cowboys in 2013 but the club doesn’t want to comment on the nose tackle publicly until the NFL rules on his status, sources said according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.
Club officials are reluctant to acknowledge what will happen with Brent because there are so many moving parts. His trial on intoxication manslaughter for the death of close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown Jr., has not been set. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to hand down a suspension.
But as the league meetings came to an end Wednesday afternoon, sources said they expect Goodell to rule soon. Cowboys management and players are serious in upholding their vow to support Brent emotionally through these trying times, but there are business concerns tied to the player’s status.
Brent is currently carried on the Cowboys roster with a base salary of $630,000. For a team that finds itself only a whisker under the salary cap, removing Brent’s hit from the payroll would provide at least minimal room to maneuver in free agency.
The last NFL player to find himself in a comparable situation was Donte Stallworth. The receiver, now a free agent, struck and killed a pedestrian in March of 2009.
Goodell suspended Stallworth without pay for the ’09 season.