Things move fast in the NFL. Very quickly.
Tuesday morning at 10:48 a.m. ET, we published a post here on Blogging The Boys announcing the reported return of Randy Gregory to the Dallas Cowboys. This was reported both locally and nationally and was news that many Cowboys fans were thrilled to hear.
THINGS HAVE CHANGED.
Less than 90 minutes later, a flurry of reports from the Denver area and nationally began to come out that Randy Gregory has in fact turned around and is heading to the Denver Broncos where he was connected before the “news of his time in Dallas. Yes. Really.
Not so fast the Cowboys re-sign DE Randy Gregory. Text from Broncos source a few moments ago: “We’ve got Randy.” The Cowboys are still working on the situation; there are still uncertainties about Gregory’s decision, the source said. But Broncos very clearly in the mix, otherwise the winner already decided
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 15, 2022
News of Gregory staying with the Cowboys was reported everywhere. The mothership tweeted it itself and had to delete it, but not before the internet made sure it existed forever.
It’s worth mentioning that we’re still only in the legal tampering part of free agency, so Gregory could theoretically change his mind (again), but that seems unlikely at this point.
As for how it happened, NFL Network reported that the Cowboys insisted on language in his contract that he didn’t like. It remains to be seen exactly what it was.
And so this is the #Broncos – not the #Cowboys — who agree with Randy Gregory. I understand that Dallas insisted on the wording of the contract that Gregory didn’t like to protect himself. So he’s headed to Denver.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2022
Updated: 12:35 p.m. ET
Randy’s contract in Denver is the same one he was supposed to sign with the Cowboys.
There’s nothing on Randy here. The Cowboys tried to change the deal at the last moment.
It was a matter of respect and transparency. https://t.co/j7ruw2R5vG
— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) March 15, 2022
The overthrow of Randy Gregory at the #Broncos was 100 percent a matter of #Cowboys tinkering with the wording of the contract at the last moment. Like it or not, you cannot enter with this maneuver when there is another team waiting, just waiting for an opening.
—Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 15, 2022