Following rumors that he would be either be cut or traded to another team, longtime Dallas Cowboys defensive end and linebacker Greg Ellis was released today by the team.
The 6′6", 265-pound Ellis has spent his entire 11-year career to this point with Dallas. He was a first-round pick out of North Carolina in 1998 and started every game that year, finishing the '98 season with 27 tackles, 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble. Since then, he has been a great player and a large contributor to the Dallas defense.
Ellis thought about leaving his team towards the end of his Cowboys career, mainly because former head coach Bill Parcells changed the 4-3 Cowboys defense to a 3-4. He did not fit well in the 3-4, and saw a decline in his stats playing as a defensive end.
However, like former Bill Parcells player Willie McGinest, Ellis converted from an end to a linebacker, adjusting to the new defense.
Though he finished his 2006 season early with a torn Achilles tendon, Ellis came back to Dallas the following season. It was his only Pro Bowl season to date, in which he started all 16 games, had a career-high 12.5 sacks, 24 solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and three fumbles forced.
Ellis has averaged over 34 tackles and 7.0 sacks every year in his career. He has a career total of 377 solo tackles, 128 assisted tackles, 77.0 sacks, 20 fumbles forced and nine fumbles recovered over the 11 years.
Career achievements for Greg Ellis include being selected to the 2007 Pro Bowl, as well as winning Comeback Player of the Year in the same year.
Ellis is 33-years-old while leaving the Cowboys.