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Cowboys’ Josh Brent announces retirement

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There were obviously many in Dallas surprised that defensive tackle Josh Brent was still on the Cowboys roster.

Now, just before training camp opens, that problem has taken care of itself.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Brent is retiring to focus on his off-field issues.

Of course, his short-term focus will be on his defense, as he’s awaiting trial on intoxication manslaughter charges for the wreck that claimed the life of teammate Jerry Brown.

His continued presence on the roster was a mystery to many, but it appears he’s decided to make the decision for them.

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78 Responses to “Cowboys’ Josh Brent announces retirement”
  1. snowman36 says: Jul 18, 2013 1:52 PM

    One of the greats. Will go down in cowboy history!

  2. loubearkane says: Jul 18, 2013 1:52 PM

    Hope he gets the help he needs and gets his head on straight , still a young man that can contribute to society.

  3. whatnojets says: Jul 18, 2013 1:53 PM

    What a waste….wonder how long until he applies for “food stamps”????

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 18, 2013 1:53 PM

    Yeah…..

    I hear Aaron Hernandez is retiring too….

    Hope you like wearing orange in retirement…

  5. RussianBreadMaker says: Jul 18, 2013 1:54 PM

    Way to throw away your promising career thanks to some idiotic decisions.

  6. ccjcsr says: Jul 18, 2013 1:55 PM

    He has other things to worry.

    #CowboyNation

  7. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Jul 18, 2013 1:55 PM

    Florio – Does this change where the Boys should be in the power rankings?

  8. allascowboys says: Jul 18, 2013 1:56 PM

    That skidmark should not have the option to retire. Should have gotten the boot a long time ago..

  9. skinswillsurprise says: Jul 18, 2013 1:56 PM

    Smartest move he has made in some time.

  10. jagwires says: Jul 18, 2013 1:56 PM

    I’m sorry but Jerry Jones is a complete joke.

  11. general74 says: Jul 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    Since he retired don’t the Cowboys get back his cap space. If we released him they would have been stuck with the Cap Penalty. Maybe this was the idea all along by keeping him.

  12. manilarizzo says: Jul 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    Until the legal fees mount up and he resurfaces as a starter in the CFL next year.

  13. lanman11 says: Jul 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    Retirement is temporary as we all know. It’s inconvenient to have him on the roster with all the other stuff going on in the NFL. I wonder if he got paid for the season already. He’ll be back if he’s not in jail.

  14. GenXJay says: Jul 18, 2013 1:59 PM

    Oh, know I get it. This why the ‘boys are ranked 14th.

  15. Bob says: Jul 18, 2013 1:59 PM

    Sounds like the Cowboys made it worth his while to retire, and it’s been presented as if he retired on his own. Why wouldn’t he have retired a while ago if it was his option to retire?

  16. topauthority says: Jul 18, 2013 1:59 PM

    jerry jones found a loophole.

  17. joemammy says: Jul 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    I’ll drink to that!

  18. surfinbird1 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    So does he get like ,social security?

  19. vibesid says: Jul 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    It’s about time.

  20. tinopuno says: Jul 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    Josh is retiring in order to focus all his energy on his professional drinking career!

  21. scandiman says: Jul 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    I think that is the right thing for him to do and I hope he gets the help he needs to put his life back together.

  22. pinion8ted says: Jul 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    Leaving town one step ahead of the sheriff.

    About time this clown showed one ounce of responsibilty

  23. b3nz0z says: Jul 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    @W.N.J. – there must be something very wrong with you. it can’t be fun to walk around with so much ugliness in your heart.

  24. patriotsdefense says: Jul 18, 2013 2:05 PM

    This was my recommendation for Aaron Hernandez’ camp before he was arrested and the PFT community trashed that idea and me. All I have to say you guys stink.

    Like I said about a month ago, the best thing would be the force the teams hand and retire, thus stopping them from closing the door on the player. Down vote this comment 1000 times. It don’t matter. You all stink.

  25. touchdownamericasteam says: Jul 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    Well it’s about time!

  26. dragus84 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    Reading the comments on here, it’s amazing how many angels watch football.

    I would guess that most people on here have made a questionable decision about driving after a few drinks.

    I’m not condoning his actions in any way, but I feel for what this guy must live with every day of his life. His friend in the passenger seat made the same decision to get in the car as they were drinking together. One will be sadly missed and the other is a POS according to people on here.

    We’re all human. don’t be so quick to judge everyone

  27. flexx91 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    B.S. I seriously doubt he decided to retire on his own. I don’t think cap space is an issue since he was making near the minimum. This has more to do with Jerry wanting to retain his rights and maybe sign him again once (and if) his legal issues are over.

  28. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 18, 2013 2:12 PM

    The guy kills someone and your worried about cap space…..stay classy cowboys fans!

  29. deddmunnie says: Jul 18, 2013 2:14 PM

    Circumventing the cap = more penalties.

  30. blkdogcreative says: Jul 18, 2013 2:15 PM

    What an idiot.

  31. izlez says: Jul 18, 2013 2:16 PM

    Danny Heatley says “don’t worry Josh, It gets better”

  32. selldannysell says: Jul 18, 2013 2:16 PM

    What an amazing career! Can’t wait to see him get his cold jacket in Can… oh, wait a minute….

  33. steelbloggin says: Jul 18, 2013 2:17 PM

    That moment when you realize that you’ve been lying to yourself about still being a professional athlete

  34. thesmartest1 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:19 PM

    He made a mistake. We all have. Although most not as serious let’s not act all perfect. He’s just a guy that messed up in a bad way. It’s forgivable .

  35. dmq13 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:20 PM

    Heck dont u actually have to do something in the NFL to retire from it? In that case I announce my retirement lol.

  36. cleanface says: Jul 18, 2013 2:26 PM

    How about they asked him to resign? I thought retirement met you had actually worked in a field for a substantial amount of time and have accumulated savings to live on.

  37. jiggy3198 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:31 PM

    They should have cut him long ago

  38. flexx91 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:32 PM

    There’s no mistake here and I don’t know why people are considering this a mistake. DUI with a resulting homicide is carelessness and poor judgement. It’s one thing to run a stop sign (get distracted, etc.)) and kill someone but it’s another thing to first break the law by getting behind the wheel then killing someone as a result.. He can be forgiven but he should get the maximum sentence allowed within the jurisdiction of law as he is a repeat offender (and still hasn’t learned his lesson).

  39. timbuttrum says: Jul 18, 2013 2:34 PM

    Jones knew this was coming which explains why he wasn’t cut.

  40. raiderufan says: Jul 18, 2013 2:34 PM

    If this was the plan all along then I believe this should explain alot to Cowboys fans.

    If Jerry came up with a plan like this imagine what his draft boards look like?

    I get the squeeze the player into taking his money off the table argument but we are all aware that Josh Brent went in the 7th round right? It’s not like we are talking about a massive hit the size of…Oh, I don’t know….leaving a guy who killed a team mate in a drunk driving accident on your team for much longer then he ever should have….come on Jerry. Come on.

  41. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    Why? Jerry Jones assured that he would be a Cowboy for life.

  42. awm7353 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:39 PM

    I find it interesting that this idiot made a smarter decision than Jerry Jones. Maybe Brent should be the Dallas GM.

  43. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 18, 2013 2:43 PM

    The Cowboys will still have him on the sidelines on Sundays.

  44. foooolerm says: Jul 18, 2013 2:48 PM

    Let he that is without sin among you cast the first stone. John 7 : 8

  45. raiderufan says: Jul 18, 2013 2:50 PM

    Also I find it very odd the amount of “quit acting like you’re an angel” posts getting thumbs up but anything stating Johnny Manziel was just a dumb 20 y/o that made a mistake got blasted and torn apart yesterday. He only missed the Manning passing camp…for dehydration. Geez guys.

  46. jiggy3198 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:57 PM

    Who do you take first. Hernandez or Brent on your All- prison team right behind carruth.

  47. PackersHome.com says: Jul 18, 2013 3:00 PM

    What does it say about management when the player who got busted for drinking and driving is the one to decide he’s no longer a part of the team?

  48. ilovefoolsball says: Jul 18, 2013 3:02 PM

    He made the move that Jerry was too scared to do.

  49. scoops1 says: Jul 18, 2013 3:03 PM

    I hate him

  50. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jul 18, 2013 3:09 PM

    Looks like we’re starting to amass the beginnings of a pretty good ‘Longest Yard’ team! All we need now are the rag tags of some current convicts football player wantabes & for Adam Sandler then Burt Reynolds to get arrested & we’re good to go!

  51. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 18, 2013 3:13 PM

    Al Sharpston will be organizing a protest against the companies that made the alcohol he consumed and the automobile he was driving during the wreck for being racist.

  52. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 18, 2013 3:16 PM

    Where do i go to trade my Brent jersey in?

  53. facetooth says: Jul 18, 2013 3:17 PM

    The Cowboys are still an NFL franchise?

  54. thirdistheworrd says: Jul 18, 2013 3:18 PM

    I worked at a bar for three years in college. When I left to get a real job, I didn’t “retire”, I handed in my notice and “quit”. Nobody “retires” at age 25. They “leave”.

  55. audiblered40 says: Jul 18, 2013 3:23 PM

    The PR would have been too much, he was probably asked to make a decision.

    He should have never been still on that team.

  56. vdogg says: Jul 18, 2013 3:30 PM

    I believe I played the same number of snaps for the Cowboys as him. I am formally annoucing my retirement from the NFl as well.

  57. brendendilley says: Jul 18, 2013 3:47 PM

    Start the clock on his enshrinement!

  58. lunarluau says: Jul 18, 2013 3:59 PM

    classy fella

  59. commonsensedude says: Jul 18, 2013 4:14 PM

    He had a killer career.

  60. boobsmcgoo says: Jul 18, 2013 4:27 PM

    The victim’s family should want him to keep playing. What good is a civil judgment if the deep pockets of the defendant are empty?

  61. scandiman says: Jul 18, 2013 4:44 PM

    I think he did the right thing and hope that he gets the help he needs to put his life back together.

  62. awareness18 says: Jul 18, 2013 5:19 PM

    “From a standpoint of where our thoughts were, we wanted to be very supportive – he’s a part of our football family,” Jones said. “You often hear that alluded to, but that’s the way it is, and you try to help a family member any way you can. Again, I want to emphasize that I promised Jerry’s mother that we would be there (for Brent), and she wants that and wanted that.” Jerry Jones

  63. upperdecker19 says: Jul 18, 2013 5:35 PM

    Hopefully, he “retires” from consuming mass quantities of our products as well.

    Regards,
    Budweiser and medical marijuana dispensaries.

  64. jacunn2000 says: Jul 18, 2013 6:14 PM

    This guy made a horrible choice that night and killed a close friend. You idiots making light of this tragedy with ignorant comments better pray nothing like this ever happens in your life. I pray for all of those involved. Put your moronic hate for the Cowboys aside and realize that this guy is human and made a human mistake.

  65. lingsun54 says: Jul 18, 2013 6:34 PM

    I wonder if he was contacted by the league and threatened with being banned if he didn’t retire.

  66. stevenwilliams2013 says: Jul 18, 2013 7:44 PM

    Brent and Hernandez showering together in prison. What a wonderful sight!!

  67. mungman69 says: Jul 18, 2013 7:53 PM

    Good, keep the bum in prison.

  68. bruno1433 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:12 PM

    Who the bigger idiot the guy not in the right state of mind or the guy that was sober and decide to getbin the car with him or drive the car it self

  69. John A. says: Jul 18, 2013 8:26 PM

    Couple of things:

    Brent’s cap hit for the coming season (ie: cap dead money because of his retirement) is a whopping $12,000 and he will not count against the cap at all after the season.

    He hasn’t been paid since at least week 17 of last season, since players are only paid in 1/17th installments during the regular season.

  70. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 18, 2013 8:44 PM

    You know, it kinda drives me nuts….
    This guy has become known as “Troubled NFL Player Brent”…

    Anywhere else he’d be known as “Loser”….

    I’m sick of the glorification of big, dumb fat guys who can block, and fast dumb guys who can catch.

    Get a grip. Most of these guys you wouldn’t even want to be neighbors with……

  71. ironcitydonnieiris says: Jul 18, 2013 9:51 PM

    Did he “retire” to collect pension money? I don’t know the interworkings of the NFL, but I would assume retiring would give him a few dollars that he may need for legal fees. I would assume a “firing” would dismiss him from those funds. And of course the outcome of the hearing in a guilty verdict would also dismiss the retirement funds. And I know he has not been in the league long enough to rack up the $$$ for retirement, but I wonder if that was a thought in the process.

  72. hdahs143 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:54 PM

    whatnojets says: Jul 18, 2013 1:53 PM

    What a waste….wonder how long until he applies for “food stamps”????
    ====================================

    Ignorant, racist comments like this, make crystal clear what society needs to rid itself of.

    Pathetic.

  73. hdahs143 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:57 PM

    flexx91 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:32 PM

    There’s no mistake here and I don’t know why people are considering this a mistake. DUI with a resulting homicide is carelessness and poor judgement. It’s one thing to run a stop sign (get distracted, etc.)) and kill someone but it’s another thing to first break the law by getting behind the wheel then killing someone as a result.. He can be forgiven but he should get the maximum sentence allowed within the jurisdiction of law as he is a repeat offender (and still hasn’t learned his lesson).
    ====================================
    You could say the same thing about the Zimmerman case, and we see how that worked out.

  74. giantsfan64 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:01 PM

    At least the Patriots cut Hernandez when he killed someone. Jerry jones is an ass!!!!

  75. bensstinkyfingers says: Jul 18, 2013 10:56 PM

    Sorry didn’t know this guy even played in the NFL? First ballot HOF fo sho.

  76. nonetruerthanblue says: Jul 19, 2013 12:57 AM

    Jerry Jones is an idiot.

  77. jasonfinfan says: Jul 19, 2013 3:08 AM

    Good to see the mob mentality out in full force, i feel for this guy.. Yes he did something young and dumb that millions of young adults have been guilty of… driving drunk

    He has the guilt of his friends death and a prison term looming over him.. He did the right thing in disassociating himself with his team even if the team tried to support him.. His crime had no evil intentions like hernandez so any comparison made to that is just plain sick and asinine..

    I had a friend who killed his girlfriend who was 19 at the time driving drunk.. No amount of support nor prison sentence hurt as much as knowing the fact that his irresponsible actions cost the life of that girl.. I hope Mr brent gets all the psychicatric help he can after the case is over..

    By the way i don’t believe his prison sentence will be too lengthy i would guess 1 or 2 years tops. I honestly don’t know why i bother trying to post anything with reason in the PFT comment section Let me join the crowd..

    BURN HIM AT THE STAKE! (waving pitch for angrily)

  78. nflmadnness says: Jul 19, 2013 4:40 AM

    How many cowboys, have died , by their own team mates…?

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