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Jones: Greg Ellis' Time In Dallas Coming To An End

Barring an unanticipated development, veteran outside linebacker Greg Ellis has probably played his last snap for the Dallas Cowboys.
According to Matt Mosley of, Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones acknowledged today during an Organized Team Activity that Ellis is on the way out.
Team officials told Ellis to not attend workouts for the second week in a row.
“It’s likely Greg will play somewhere else next year,” Jones told reporters, adding that he’s granted Ellis permission to try to work out a trade.
At this point, Ellis, 33, remains on the roster following a meeting today with Jones. So, his release isn’t considered to be imminent.
According to Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News, cutting Ellis, who has registered 77 sacks in 11 NFL seasons, would create $4.15 million in salary-cap savings.
Yet, the Cowboys would have to be accountable financially for a $1.5 million guarantee in Ellis’ contract. And they would be required to pay the difference if Ellis makes less than $1.5 million with a different NFL team this season.
The New England Patriots have been linked to Ellis in published reports.

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14 Responses to “Jones: Greg Ellis' Time In Dallas Coming To An End”
  1. argraphics says: May 26, 2009 2:16 PM

    I have no problem as a Cowboys fan to see Jerry clean house on all these guys win or loose its bad for business/chemistry.
    Is Crayton next ?

  2. rasalas says: May 26, 2009 2:24 PM

    The New England Patriots have been linked to every aging linebacker in published reports.

  3. EL96 says: May 26, 2009 2:27 PM

    Greg Ellis is a 1st round bust and they wouldn’t get much more than a 4th or 5th rounder in the draft for him, but with all the whining he’s done, it’s time for him to go.
    And, let’s hope that Jerry’s “Chemistry” experiment works.
    I would also be more than happy to see Crayton out the door next.
    Big mouth……small talent.
    Jerry may be one of the the worst GMs in the history of the NFL (and maybe in the history of sports), but I like the approach he’s taking. Maybe, just maybe, he’s learning that just because you have a football team doesn’t mean you run it like a fantasy team.

  4. GiantsFanInBirdsCountry says: May 26, 2009 2:36 PM

    Redskins, Patriots or Chiefs?
    Placing bets……………

  5. fordman84 says: May 26, 2009 3:04 PM

    GiantsFanInDirdsCountry, I’d add SEA and Carolina to the list.

  6. S.I. Pats Fan says: May 26, 2009 3:12 PM

    “The New England Patriots have been linked to Ellis in published reports.”
    This is a totally irritating thing to write – and pointless, just stuck in there to give “color” to an already sufficiently interesting post. The Patriots were linked to Ellis in published reports AS A TEAM THAT WAS NOT INTERESTED IN TRADING FOR HIM. I find this kind of implication – “linked to…” – to be pretty lazy journalism. Try again.
    (That’s the Patriots cue to now go after him.)

  7. Roachk1lla says: May 26, 2009 3:44 PM

    Greg Ellis gave solid years for the Cowboys, of course hind sight is 20/20 so you can bad mouth the pick all u want. But there was plenty of others who passed on Moss besides the Cowboys.

  8. Terrell Blowens says: May 26, 2009 4:10 PM

    He’s too old to be productive anywhere else. If he couldn’t get it done in Dallas recently, I doubt that he can do it anywhere else. Not many people benefit from playing with pass rushers like Demarcus Ware. Ellis would be a 2nd string at best

  9. etronsman says: May 26, 2009 4:26 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him rotate up in Green Bay with the new 3-4 Defense. Unless I’m mistaken, he made a (surprisingly) good adaptation from 4-3 to 3-4, and maybe could provide some help to Kampmann in the transition.
    Of course, this is all subject to whether or not he’s a d-bag. Cowboys fans, please weigh in.

  10. Vox Veritas says: May 26, 2009 5:16 PM

    Ellis is a high character guy. The only reason anybody knows that he’s prone to whining is because the Cowboys get so much media attention. He will whine, but he will play hard to the whistle on every play. When you draft his replacement, he’ll whine about job security but he’ll take the new guy under his wing and help him out as much as he can. I’m sorry to see him go.

  11. EL96 says: May 26, 2009 5:30 PM

    His best years were when he went to the 3-4 under Parcells, which he complained about to no end.
    Then he complained about his contract every single year.
    Was he productive? Yes.
    Did he play hard? Yes.
    But you can’t look past all of his incessant whining and complaining. After three years of T.O. and all his crap it’s no surprise the Cowboys said enough is enough.
    Douchebag? No doubt.

  12. GR365 says: May 26, 2009 6:05 PM

    I thought his release was official.?

  13. ronmexico says: May 26, 2009 6:45 PM

    “EL96 says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 2:27 pm
    Greg Ellis is a 1st round bust and they wouldn’t get much more than a 4th or 5th rounder in the draft for him, but with all the whining he’s done, it’s time for him to go.”
    I hope you mean Shaun Ellis for the Jets and not Greg Ellis. Ellis has been a solid contributor to Dallas and is anything but a bust, unlike Marcus “Bust” Spears. I also think it’s time for him to go. Time to see if Anthony Spencer was worth the first round pick a few years ago.

  14. Jackson1 says: May 27, 2009 12:12 PM

    EL96 says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 2:27 pm
    Greg Ellis is a 1st round bust
    ………………what? I don’t think you know who this article is about or you have a different player in mind. Greg Ellis has been a big producer for the Cowboys for years.

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