"Once the Reds are eliminated from postseason play, Deion is [contractually] free to play football," Reds general manager Jim Bowden said last Friday. "If we get to September 1 and we're 18 games out, we'll probably let him go play on Sundays. But if we're in a pennant race, he'll play baseball."
The future of the 28-year-old Lett, even if he is reinstated by the NFL, is apparently up in the air. One player says Lett is mulling over retirement rather than return to face the scrutiny that comes with being a Cowboy. However, according to Jones, Lett is working out on his own and intends to return to the team as soon as possible.
Still, after dinner last week Aikman broke out some expensive cigars and talked about how he might enjoy training camp this year after all. "You get the feeling we're building something good around here again," he said through the smoke.
As always with this turbulent team, we won't be sure until the smoke clears.
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