According to The Ticket and a story by Todd Archer in the DMN, the Cowboys may just opt to cut Greg Ellis outright.
Ellis was apparently on the trading block according to several sources last Thursday, but it seems the Cowboys would rather just cut him now, as opposed to waiting for a trade offer to come along. Either that, or there just was no interest in the veteran linebacker.
Here is what Archer wrote this morning,
The Cowboys have decided to end their relationship with outside linebacker Greg Ellis.
Ellis and owner and general manager Jerry Jones met Tuesday morning. While a definitive time frame has not been set, Jones said Ellis will play elsewhere in 2009.
Ellis was told to stay home from organized team activities last Thursday as the club considered its options.
If Ellis is cut, the move frees up $4.15 million against this year’s salary cap, however, the team remains on the hook for a $1.5 million guarantee that was put in Ellis’ contract in 2007. If Ellis signs with another team, the Cowboys would have to make up the difference if he does not earn $1.5 million from his new employer.
Ellis had 77 sacks in 11 seasons with the Cowboys, but he will forever be linked with Randy Moss after the Cowboys chose to pass on the receiver in the first round of the 1998 draft.
The relationship between the Cowboys and Ellis has been strained for the last several seasons, but clearly it has taken an ugly turn now.