Kia Roberts, who suggested no discipline in Elliott suspension case, leaves NFL

Kia Roberts, the lead investigator whose recommendation of no suspension for Ezekiel Elliott was at the heart of the Dallas Cowboys running back’s legal fight against a six-game ban, no longer works for the NFL, according to multiple sources.

Elliott was suspended for six games during the 2017 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

A call to the NFL switchboard confirmed that Roberts no longer works for the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed Thursday that Gregory is preparing to apply to return to the NFL and the hope is the pass rusher can play in 2018, per David Helman of the team’s official website. Jones provided no further details.

Gregory missed the entire 2017 season after being suspended for at least one year for violating the NFL’s Policy for Substances of Abuse. The 2015 second-round selection has played in just two games since his rookie season.

Cassell was taken in the seventh round of the 2005 draft. He attempted just 39 passes over his first three seasons but in 2008 he was required to play in all 16 games in Brady’s stead. Brissett and Garoppolo were selected with a third- and second-round pick, respectively, in recent years. Brady, 40, has shown no signs slowing down, but Kraft stressed how the nature of the NFL requires teams to be prepared for a worst-case scenario. Part of why the networks pay us the funding they do, and the reason this is the best entertainment product in America, is you don’t know – one play can change a whole season. One play with one person. To do a good job managing an NFL franchise, we’ve always said understanding quality depth management, that’s our business, Kraft said.

The jump from Brown’s league-leading $17-million contract signed a year ago, up to $20 million might seem steep, but the pass-rusher market saw a similar jump when Von Miller inked a contract in 2016 worth over $2 million more than the next highest-paid player at the position. Even if the Giants are struggling with how much to value Beckham from a contractual standpoint, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to receive his true worth on the trade market. New York is reportedly seeking at least two first-round picks for Beckham, but Adam Schefter of ESPN believes he’ll ultimately be traded for a first and a third, or a first and a fourth – essentially what the Minnesota Vikings gave up to acquire average and brittle quarterback Sam Bradford.

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