IRVING, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) – The Dallas Cowboys have filed a grievance against defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, the result of what the club says was a fraudulent claim of injury, which led to his Oct. 16 release by the club –and his ensuing signing and participation with the Chicago Bears three weeks later.
“It just stems from him not playing for us under the pretense of injury, and then days later playing for someone else,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters Monday while attending the NFL Owners Meetings in Orlando. “We just have a complaint and we’ll see where we take it from there.”
There does not seem to be much precedent for such a case and a source says the Cowboys are willing to explore other paths (like legal action) toward recovering money from Ratliff, who pocketed a $10 million signing bonus in 2011 and shortly thereafter entered a lengthy conflict with the organization over his medical care and physical well-being.
The Cowboys have $7 million of dead money on their 2014 salary cap due to the Ratliff transaction. In addition to attempting to make a stand on principles, the Cowboys know relief there is far more beneficial to the franchise than any cash refund.
Jones and Ratliff engaged in at least two face-to-face conflicts in his final months as a Cowboy, the dispute running so deep that part of the team’s grievance against its former Pro Bowler is his unwillingness to pay his tab for a luxury suite at AT&T Stadium.
(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
- Shooting At Dallas Police Substation Renews Calls For Added Security
- Friends Remember Late Actor, Fort Worth Native Bill Paxton
- Kurt Busch Steals Monster Victory By Winning Daytona 500
- Rangers Slugger Hamilton Might Need Another Knee Surgery
- North Texans Spin Their Wheels To Raise Money For Cancer Research
- Texas City Working To Turn Sewer Water Into Tap Water
- Plano Man Killed After Reentering Burning Home To Retrieve Phone
- Allen ISD’s $60 Million Football Stadium Closed For Months
- Spring One Day, Thundersleet The Next
- North Texas Man “Crowdfunds” $90,000 Birthday Party
- PHOTOS: Your Pet Pictures