ARLINGTON, Texas -- Saying "getting the priorities in my life in order," troubled Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent announced his retirement on Thursday, on the eve of the team's departure for training camp and before a probable suspension was to be handed down by the NFL commissioner's office.
Brent, awaiting a September trial on intoxication manslaughter charges in the Dec. 8 death of teammate and close friend Jerry Brown, has received support from the Cowboys through what coach Jason Garrett termed "a traumatic time."
"I think it's a good decision for him," Garrett said during a Cowboys Stadium appearance at a charity-based football clinic. "It's a traumatic time He's a great young man who made a mistake."
Added owner Jerry Jones, also in attendance at the clinic: "We've wanted to be very supportive. We're trying to help a family' member."
Brent played three seasons for the Cowboys as...