Cowboys Rookie Mini-Camp Kicks Off, Josh Brent Retires

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VALLEY RANCH -- Say hello to the newbies! Yep, Cowboys Rookie Minicamp kicked off Friday for the latest faces to the franchise.

"I was excited. I was like, 'wow it’s finally time to be a Cowboy!'" said Cowboys first round draft pick Byron Jones.

Well, one of the biggest figures to take the field on Friday was Randy Gregory. The pass rusher was predicted to be a top pick in last week’s draft, but a failed drug test saw him plummet to number 60, where the Cowboys grabbed him.

Needless to say, this guy doesn’t just have a chip on his shoulder, he has a whole bag, and he’s still convinced he’s a first round talent.

"I think everybody feels that way," said Gregroy. "And I think we expect a lot of big things from ourselves, and we’re going to go out there and try to do that. Can’t add anymore pressure on ourselves though. We gotta be the same player we’ve always been, but just get better."

Well, while the newest Cowboys are checking in and trying to gain a spot on the team, one player is walking away.

Embattled nose tackle Josh Brent officially announced his retirement Friday after trying to make a comeback following his intoxication manslaughter conviction.

"I admire Josh a lot of ways for coming back from a really significant situation in his life and it's not easy," said head coach Jason Garrett. "I think he's worked very hard to find some normalcy in his life at this point. And I just think he wants to focus on that right now."

Brent is only 27, so if he gets his life back together, it’s not impossible that he makes another comeback.

But in the meantime, there are plenty of new guys out on the field that will be happy to take his spot!