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Cowboys Filing Grievance Against Ratliff

Jerry Jones is looking for some financial compensation for their loss of DT Jay Ratliff last year

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    In hopes of getting some money back, the Dallas Cowboys are considering filing a grievance against former defensive tackle Jeremiah (Jay) Ratliff, who was released midseason last year after failing a physical.

    According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, Jerry Jones announced the grievance on Monday, saying the Cowboys were after Ratliff’s $10 million signing bonus, part of his base salary last year, and the cost of a suite purchased by Ratliff at AT&T Stadium.

    Ratliff, who had words with Jones late in the 2012 season over his inability to get healthy, was cut loose on October 16 of last year--for his inability to get healthy. He suited up for the Chicago Bears less than a month later.

    “This type of conduct, unable to play for us one day and a few days later working out for another club, is undermining and needs to be addressed,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News.

    Because the Cowboys cut Ratliff, the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement might not allow for Dallas to file a grievance. But Jones says the team is looking at their options.

    “There are other avenues,” Jones said. “We’re discussing those. And looking carefully in this case how it might fit in as a grievance.”

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