Joe Siniscalchi

Cowboys Cut Ties With DT Jay Ratliff

Created on Oct. 17, 2013 12:00 AM EST

The Dallas Cowboys have decided to sever ties with former Pro Bowl DT Jay Ratliff. According to the team website, the team finally decided to put an end to the drawn out saga.

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.

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