As expected the Cowboys have officially released 2007’s Comeback Player of the Year. The 11 yr veteran will now be replaced in the starting lineup by Anthony Spencer, who was the Cowboys top pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, following Ellis tearing his Achilles tendon. The move comes as no surprise after it was speculated, and then later confirmed by Jerry Jones himself that the Cowboys were seeking possible trading partners for the linebacker’s services.
The job market for the aging vet may be larger than one might expect, due to the amount of teams converting to the 3-4 defensive scheme. While the eighth pick in the 1998 Draft may be getting up there in age, he has proven that he can still be an effective rushing linebacker on passing downs, and could be valuable to some team’s roster. In his eleven seasons in “Big D,” Ellis put together over 600 tackles and 77 sacks, albeit most of those years he was playing defensive end in the 4-3 scheme.
Making this move gave the Cowboys a little bit of wiggle room, saving the team a little over $4 million towards the cap. The Cowboys also shored up the depth at the position earlier this year by drafting Oregon State’s Victor Butler, and Texas A&M’s Brandon Williams.