Defensive end Randy Gregory will sign with the Denver Broncos, and not the Dallas Cowboys, despite his former team’s multiple announcements Tuesday that he decided to re-sign with the franchise in free agency.
Sources told USA Today, NFL Network and ESPN that Gregory and the Broncos agreed to a five-year, $70 million pact that includes $28 million guaranteed. Those reports came just hours after the Cowboys posted news of Gregory’s alleged re-signing on their official website and Twitter account.
Gregory’s new pact can’t become official until 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, the start of the new league year.
Sources also told NFL Network, ESPN and USA Today on Tuesday that the Cowboys and safety Malik Hooker agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal.
The Cowboys and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence also agreed to a new contract on Monday. That deal will is worth $40 million over three years and includes $30 million guaranteed.
Gregory, 29, was a second-round pick by the Cowboys in the 2015 NFL Draft. The five-year veteran totaled six sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and a pass defensed in 12 games last season. Gregory totaled 3.5 sacks in 10 games in 2020.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound pass rusher missed nearly three full seasons due suspensions from various violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Hooker, 25, entered the league as the No. 15 overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2017 NFL Draft. He joined the Cowboys last off-season as a free agent. Hooker totaled 44 tackles, two passes defensed and an interception in 15 games last season. He totaled three starts for the Cowboys.
Gregory and Hooker were on track to become free agents Wednesday afternoon. Lawrence already was under contract through 2022, but his new pact will reduce his impact on the Cowboys’ salary cap by $13 for next season.