Dallas Cowboys Release Greg Ellis

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IJune 2, 2009

IRVING, TX - NOVEMBER 23:  Linebacker Greg Ellis #98 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after a sack against Shaun Hill #13 of the San Francisco 49ers at Texas Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys continue to try and rebuild their roster by cutting old ties with players.

Terrell Owens was a victim to Dallas' new game plan in 2009 and is now with the Buffalo Biils. Greg Ellis became the latest member of the departure club today.

The Cowboys wanted to get younger and give Anthony Spencer a chance to take the starting linebacker job. DeMarcus Ware also made it easier to make this decision based on his high sack totals.

Dallas had at first said they would try to trade Ellis this offseason, but gave him his outright release today.

Ellis had 77.0 sacks in 11 seasons with Dallas. He had 8.0 sacks last season.

Ellis began his career in Dallas as a defensive lineman before moving to outside linebacker when Dallas began using a 3-4 defense.

The fact that Ellis can play both linebacker and defensive end can do nothing but help his value in the free agent market. It should not take him long to find an employer.

As a Falcons fan, I'm all for Atlanta giving him a chance. He can fill a few holes in their defense if they need him to.

Jamaal Anderson has struggled at defensive end playing opposite John Abraham. Two of the starting linebackers are gone and he could also fill that role as well.


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