There are things about the departed Jay Ratliff that members of the Dallas Cowboys executive wing, coaching staff and personnel department cannot or will not.
When it is all over we may very well have a legal opinion and settlement that defines who was in the right, who was in the wrong and to what extent. But this is what I believe is the real reason things went crazy.
Ratliff, the former four-time Cowboys Pro Bowler released last week after 11 months of tiresome inactivity, has found a miracle cure in the form of an exit from Valley Ranch.
DeMarcus Ware missed the first game of his NFL career last week for the Dallas Cowboys. He will likely miss out on this week’s game as well, but that might be better if his body is breaking down right now.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined 105.3 The Fan for his weekly show and kicked-off the conversation remembering the career of Jay Ratliff, who was cut from the Cowboys this week after sitting out all of the 2013 season due to injury.
In the immediacy of the moment, some Dallas Cowboys observers believe the five-year, $40-million extension given now-departed Jay Ratliff two years ago ranks as Jerry Jones’ worst-ever gaffe.
Jay Ratliff’s career with the Dallas Cowboys – a major success story for most of it before the last 11 months of tumult – has come to an end.
The Dallas Cowboys made the inevitable official on Wednesday, cutting ties with former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jay Ratliff.
Ratliff, who turns 32 on Thursday, missed the first four games last season with an ankle injury and the final six with a groin problem. He had sports hernia surgery in December.
The Dallas Cowboys made a series of cuts and roster adjustments on Tuesday to trim the active roster to the league mandated maximum of 75.
The Cowboys insist they are “not hurrying’’ Jay Ratliff back from the injuries that have kept him off the field for the last eight months. But some observers are impatient.
The switch to the 4-3 is part of that; Ratliff has 27 career sacks while largely playing nose guard, and the switch to the 3-Technique position in this defense figured to free him to pile up numbers.