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Cowboys Debating Future of Ellis

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are tossing around the idea of possibly trading or releasing veteran linebacker Greg Ellis. The veteran transitioned from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 pass rushing outside linebacker under Bill Parcells late in his career.

Ellis had his best season at the position in 2007, recording 12.5 sacks after coming off of a torn Achilles tendon in the 2006 season. And in the 2008 season Ellis racked up eight sacks. While he started all sixteen games last season, Ellis saw his playing time decrease due to the Cowboys first pick in the 2007 draft Anthony Spencer.

The Cowboys believe that Anthony Spencer is going to be the starter for the 2009 season, and they also drafted two more players at the position, Brandon Williams(who led the big 12 in sacks), and Oregon State’s Victor Butler. The Cowboys coaching staff seems to be confident in their young crop of linebackers which is a big reason for the interested in getting rid of Ellis.

Another reason that the Cowboys wouldn’t mind letting the 33-year-old linebacker go is the potential cap gain. The Cowboys stand to save 4 to 5 million dollars against the cap by sending Ellis on his way.

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One Response to “Cowboys Debating Future of Ellis”

  1. Mike Anello says:

    Great article on Ellis. Good use of context with the injury and the players that Dallas drafted this season at his position.

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