After the Cowboys released defensive lineman Jay Ratliff, owner Jerry Jones made multiple references to potential legal proceedings.
Now, months after the fact, Jones says the Cowboys may file a grievance against Ratliff to recover some of his money.
It could be too late for any of that. As we’ve pointed out in connection with the potential Jimmy Graham grievance, the labor deal creates a 50-day deadline for filing so-called non-injury grievances. The door swings both ways, for players and teams.
Thus, Ratliff’s initial argument should be that the Cowboys simply waited too long to try to recover money from him. And it will be very difficult it not impossible for the Cowboys to overcome that point.
Ultimately, that could be the kind of blunder that would get a G.M. fired. If the G.M wasn’t also, you know, the guy who would be doing the firing.