As reported by Todd Archer at the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Cowboys have officially released Greg Ellis from the team.
The Cowboys have officially cut ties with Greg Ellis.
The move comes a week after owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Ellis likely would not be back in 2009 and gave the player permission to seek a trade.
A deal was not likely because of Ellis’ salary and other teams’ belief the Cowboys would eventually release Ellis.
With Ellis out, Anthony Spencer, the team’s first-round pick in 2007, will be the starter with rookies Victor Butler and Brandon Williams competing as the third outside linebacker working with the first team.
The move saves the Cowboys $4.15 million because Ellis has a $1.5 million guarantee that was added to his contract in 2007. If Ellis signs with another team, the Cowboys would have to make up the difference should he earn less than $1.5 million from his new team.
A first-round pick in 1998 when the Cowboys passed on Randy Moss, Ellis recorded 77 sackes and 634 tackles as a Cowboy. Ellis, who turns 34 in August, had eight sacks in 2008 but saw his playing time decrease as the season went on.