Posted October 16, 2013

Cowboys release former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jay Ratliff

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Jay Ratliff will be eligible to return from the PUP list in Week 7. (Getty Images)

The Cowboys released four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. (Getty Images)

The Cowboys were facing a deadline regarding Jay Ratliff’s future with the team. On Wednesday, the team terminated his contract, placing him on the failed physical list.

The four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle was scheduled to come off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list this week. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and team executives provided conflicting signals regarding Ratliff, who signed a five-year extension that totaled out to $48.6 million in 2011.

Most of Ratliff’s $10.268 million salary cap charge will roll over into next year, but the Cowboys will not be responsible for the remainder of his $1.34 million base salary.

The eight-year veteran’s absence from team facilities during his rehab led to reports of tension between him and the Cowboys. NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya reported Sunday night:

“My interpretation based on Jerry Jones’ body language and his tone is that Jay Ratliff will not be playing for the Cowboys anymore.”

“I’m not familiar with that report,” Jerry Jones said after the game.

Jones said Tuesday that Ratliff may not play this season for the Cowboys, but his future in Dallas might not be over.

From The Dallas Morning News:

“When you say, ‘done in Dallas,’ I don’t know about done in Dallas, when you look at the rest of Jay’s career,” the Cowboys owner explained on KRLD-FM (105.3). “But certainly from the standpoint of this year. We’ve got a situation that’s not positive as to him getting out on the field. We’re going to see as we go through this week what we’re going to do technically.”

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Ratliff has not played for the Cowboys since last November after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia. He reportedly got into a locker room tussle with Jones after a Cowboys win in December. Shortly after reporting to training camp healthy, he suffered a hamstring injury in a conditioning run that prevented him from playing this season.


24 comments
TobyHazlewood
TobyHazlewood

Another nice cap hit...thanks again, Jerruh.

JPG
JPG

Tussle, heated discussion, I don't care.

How does an employee get into these situations after your employers hands out close to $50 million to you?

Note to potential millionaires regarding your teams - keep you mouth shut and do what you're asked (paid) to do.

Jon8
Jon8

A tussle, really? If you are going to provide a link, read the link!

Tussle: to struggle or fight roughly or vigorously; wrestle; scuffle.

As the linked report clearly states, Ratliff and Jones had a heated discussion, not a tussle!

OK
OK

Jerry Jones said, "Don't show Jay the money; show Jay the road."

Funny-One
Funny-One

A new angle that owners will have to deal with,,,player gets his money then doesn't want to play.

ShifterKart
ShifterKart

His stadium is used almost daily for concerts, football, college football, truck racing basketball, etc etc. I would think it helps generate revenue for Arlington as well. I do not see anything bad about building it and using tax money to help as it bring back money to the city and the things surrounding it (restaurants, hotels, cabs, bars, merchandise, gas stations etc etc). Millions of dollars for every event.

Yes JJ ruined the Cowboys however building the stadium and even using tax money to help was not a mistake.

He should just fire himself as GM and just do business stuff only and stay out of the football part and the Cowboys should be fine. However since he will not do that, we can all just marvel at the stadium and remember the good ole' Cowboys days were on top and winning titles....

ngk11
ngk11

Yet another NFL  player that that was really good Before he got his contract

Dave36
Dave36

Jerry Jones has ruined the Cowboys, but hey he has a nice stadium.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Dave36Jerry Jones purchased the Cowboys in 1989 for $140M and the team is now worth $2.3B. So, in his mind, how much more successful could he be? He's a BIG success and cries all the way to the bank if the fans are unhappy. This is business!

John4
John4

@PWINGS Also, note that the new Stadium in Dallas cost the taxpayers ZERO DOLLARS.

(All caps for emphasis - not yelling)!

nyhoukcdal
nyhoukcdal

@PWINGS While you are technically correct, the team's worth, like the value of anything in the stock market, is only on paper.  It means nothing until he sells.  Which means the actual "value" of the team is its yearly product.  And in that category, Jerry has not gotten in done.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@MarkSweetipo @Dave36 He utilized the business model utilized by George W. Bush and his fellow owners with the Texas Rangers. Municipally and state funded new or remodeled stadiums that enhance the value of the franchise. Sell the franchise, pocket the profit and let the taxpayers foot the bill.  Simple!

Actually, this same business model has worked well in Iraq and Afghanistan as well. The defense contractors get rich selling weapons used to blow up a country's infra-structure, the re-building contractors like Halliburton get wealthy re-building that infra-structure and the taxpayers pay for that as well.

gregmastin
gregmastin

@Jon8 Mike Brown can attest to that! He made buckets of cash AND got a new taxpayer funded stadium despite having a horrific franchise for about fifteen years.

Jon8
Jon8

That's the dumbest statement about business I have read in a long time!

The value of the team, until he sells it, is based on the P&L Statement showing the profitability of the Franchise and has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the product on the field!

A team can finish last in the NFL for 10 straight years and still be a profitable franchise!

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Whatever @nyhoukcdal @PWINGS I agree. He could get that and maybe more, given how popular Cowboys merchandise / clothing is. Right up there with the Lakers, Yankees and NASCAR. Much to the dismay of his fellow NFL owners, Jerry also cut separate deals with commercial sponsors for soft drinks, food and other income. No one is questioning his ability to make money. We're just questioning his ability to put a championship team on the field.

Whatever
Whatever

@nyhoukcdal @PWINGS And you really think he couldn't sell the Cowboys and their stadium for that today? Of course he could. Just look at what the Dodgers just went for, and football is far more popular.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Jerry ultimately views it just like everybody else...  Butts in seats, merch sold, annual renewals.  He's not going to suffer in any of those categories because he's always out there pedaling snake oil.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@nyhoukcdal @PWINGS I agree completely with you. From a business standpoint, the distinctions you draw are correct. I was making a sarcastic attempt to portray Jerry's perspective on this. I think the real point of disconnect between Jerry and the fans lies in a phrase you used - "yearly product". The fans would define that product in terms of wins & losses and championships which is the point you were making. I think Jerry defines it in terms of net profit which is the point I was making. THERE'S the disconnect.

wilcross50
wilcross50

Wow! You're the only one who mentioned the president, he was referencing G. Bush-baseball owner. Isn't there a story about miley cyrus you could squeeze Obama insults into on tmz?

larrybradford
larrybradford

@PWINGS @MarkSweetipo @Dave36 .... I lived in Pa. where the Democratic Gov. built 4 new stadiums at taxpayer expense. GW Bush zero to do with it.  No problem you want to make a point, but keep the Obama libtard it's Bush's fault out of it. This is about Football and not lying, racist communists like Obama and Company....

PWINGS
PWINGS

@MarkSweetipo @Dave36Oh, I forgot to add the best part. The contractors donate some of that taxpayer money as a political "kickback" to the campaigns of the politicians who started the war in the first place. Citizens United makes it all possible and legal. Taxes - "The gift that keeps on giving"!