Cowboys Cut Ties With DT Jay Ratliff
Last December, Ratliff suffered a severe groin injury that cost himthe remainder of the season. Originally diagnosed with a sports hernia, Ratliff actually tore tendons in his pelvic area. This past training camp, he suffered another setback, injuring his hamstring during a conditioning test.
Some expected a return for Ratliff after he was placed on the PUP list, hoping for him to take on the Warren Sapp role in new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s famous Tampa 2 scheme, but instead, the Cowboys have decided to part ways with the veteran.
Ratliff, who has been a bit of a headache for the Cowboys recently, was charged with a DWI this past January, and also got into a heated exchange with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after a game last December.
In 2011, the Cowboys signed Ratliff to a five year extension worth $40 million, with more than $18 million guaranteed. The extension just kicked in this past season, and the Cowboys will be left with nothing to show for their investment, except a wasted $18 million, with nearly $7 million in dead money in 2014. Ratliff was a Pro Bowler from 2008-2011.