Denver Broncos Sign Randy Gregory to 5-Year Deal

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Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) celebrates against the Carolina Panthers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After reports came out earlier on Tuesday that pass-rusher Randy Gregory had agreed to return to the Dallas Cowboys, it turns out the 29-year-old changed his mind. The deal with Dallas allegedly fell through at the last minute, which gave the Denver Broncos enough time to swoop in and apparently convince Gregory to come join them.

A potential first-round pick coming out of Nebraska, Randy Gregory fell to the second round of the 2015 Draft due to a failed drug test at the NFL Combine. Gregory has had multiple run-ins with the NFL over drug issues during his career. He was suspended for four games in 2016 for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He then proceeded to fail another test and an additional ten games were added to his suspension. He eventually returned to play just two games in 2016 before the league held an official hearing and ruled him out for the entire 2017 season.

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When Gregory returned in 2018, he had a breakout season, recording six sacks and two forced fumbles as a reserved lineman for the Cowboys. However, Gregory was suspended again for the entire 2019 season after suffering a substance-abuse relapse. He returned for 10 games in 2020, recording 3.5 sacks before becoming a full-time starter for the Cowboys in 2021, recording 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 12 games.

Gregory did undergo off-season knee surgery after an injury ended his 2021 season early, so he is a bit of a risky signing for the Broncos, given his previous off-field issues as well. Of course, the official offer won’t be signed until tomorrow, so it’s possible that Gregory changes his mind again.

Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) fumbles as he is sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports