The Cowboys today officially cut loose their longest tenured player, linebacker Greg Ellis.
You’ll recall that Jerry passed on Randy Moss to draft Mr. Ellis in 1998, only to watch Randy destroy the ‘Boys every chance he got en route to a superb (if not controversial) career. To be fair, Ellis was a solid player for a decade and despite some initial groaning Ellis moved to linebacker at the request of Bill Parcells and flourished there. Jerry’s decision to draft Anothy Spencer in 2007 created paranoia for Ellis, then coming off a major achillies injury. Since that time he’s talked annually around this time of year about his distrust of Cowboys management and has become a bit of a distraction.
…but the question remains – did Jerry screw this one up? For a player as productive as Ellis has been did he handle this situation the right way? Jerry made no bones about the fact recently that Ellis did not fit into the team’s plan. As a result no teams offered trades, and Jerry was forced to release a solid player with no compensation in return. Sure, there are cap considerations, but did Jerry do the right thing?