ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26: Defensive end Greg Ellis #99 of the Oakland Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Longtime Dallas Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis, who was let go by the team last off-season, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Monday after the first year of a three-year deal. The move allowed the Raiders to save $2.5 million; it allowed Ellis, 34, to once again test the market.
Dallas's first round pick in 1998, Ellis tied for the team lead with seven sacks in 2009, despite struggling with shoulder and knee issues. He is still tied for eighth in Cowboys franchise history with 77 sacks; Ellis' agent, James Williams, said on Tuesday night, per ESPN, that his client was open to returning to the club that drafted him.
But would a reunion make sense for Dallas?
Williams said his client was open to coming off the bench, meaning that he would most likely serve as Anthony Spencer's back-up, or a third down specialist; this was the scenario that Ellis rejected firmly a year ago, leading to his ouster and a year in football purgatory, also known as Al Davis' Oakland.
Spencer emerged late last season as, in Wade Phillips' estimation, one of the best defensive players in football. Some believe that Ellis returning to the team would mean a possible setback for Spencer. But if the price is right--and it may be, as Williams has reportedly said that money isn't much of an issue--a move might provide Dallas a proven third down option in an already loaded pass rush.