Add Dallas Cowboys starting linebacker Greg Ellis to a growing list of players that are asking his team to release him so he can continue his NFL career elsewhere. Ellis, coming back from a torn Achilles tendon that stopped his 2006 season, wants a restructured deal, but the Cowboys want to see what the 32-year-old has left before they shell out any big cash on him. Ellis should be concerned about his job security, as he has yet to take the field over the spring due to his injury. Cowboys number one pick Anthony Spencer has been playing at linebacker, and reports say he is doing a decent job for a rookie at that spot.
Ellis is taking the stance that he will not participate in training camp till he is 100 percent, and after being told that owner Jerry Jones stated that he will not meet with any players that are currently under contract, Ellis balked and asked for his release. Being a 32-year-old player coming back from a possible career ending injury is not a good place to be in the National Football League. Before the latest with him, Ellis was playing the good soldier, being a mentor for Spencer, who is making a transition of his own from DE to linebacker.
Now the question will be what kind of leader, or lack thereof will Ellis become. If he becomes too big of a locker room distraction, the Cowboys would be better off with him on another roster, and Spencer finding his way at the linebacker spot in his rookie season. If Ellis can play nice, I am sure that Dallas will give him an opportunity to play and become a valuable veteran member of the roster. The choice sounds like it is up to him on what route he wants to take at this point in his career.