Daily Archives: June 2, 2009

Dallas days are done

We’re back and ready to address the news of the last few days, including…
*Giants rookie DE Clint Sintim’s minicamp injury, which is covered in this post
*The release of Lions OT George Foster, which is covered in this post

But the big news is the release of longtime Cowboys DE Greg Ellis. Here are some thoughts; you can see how it compares to other cuts since the draft in this post.

Ellis came to Dallas in 1998 in the midst of a firestorm, because the Cowboys picked him in the top 10 instead of selecting Randy Moss. While Ellis was never the difference maker that Moss was and is. He had 77 sacks in his career and was also a solid run-stopper. When Bill Parcells came to Dallas and switched the defense to a 3-4, Ellis was unhappy with his role. Still, as an outside linebacker, he tallied 12 sacks and won comeback player of the year honors in ’07 coming off an injury. That would suggest the Ellis still has something to contribute in a limited pass rushing role somewhere like Carolina or Washington. The Cowboys, meanwhile, will rely on former first-round pick Anthony Spencer to finally emerge as an impact guy. But Spencer has a long way to go to fill Ellis’ shoes.

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