A Greg Ellis trade may be in the works, says Fanhouse's Calvin Watkins. Watkins, earlier this month, had a source tell him that the Jets were interested in Pacman Jones. This time he has multiple sources, suggesting that Anthony Spencer could soon be clear to start opposite OLB Demarcus Ware.
Dallas is serious about a potential move because on Thursday, the final day of this week's organized team activities, the team sent Ellis home, not allowing him to practice. The Cowboys did this last year during some OTAs, and coach Wade Phillips said then it was to not wear Ellis down. He turns 34 in August.
This week the team held a team meeting with several of its veterans including Tony Romo, Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware and Marcus Spears. Ellis, who is tied with left tackle Flozell Adams with the longest tenure on the team, was not invited to the meeting by the coaches. Ellis took that as a sign he might not be wanted.
The Cowboys have targeted New England and Cincinnati as potential teams for Ellis. The Patriots have been interested in an outside pass rusher and were in the market for Jason Taylor, who has now signed with Miami. But the Pats have no interest in Ellis, according to one of the sources.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was Ellis' coach in Dallas from 1999 to 2006 and there is a comfort level there between them.
Hat tip to cowboy78 for the Fanshot.
Todd Archer also wonders about Ellis' future with the team.
The Cowboys would free up more than $5 million in salary cap room in 2009 with a trade. If they cut Ellis, they would save $4.15 million because he has a $1.5 million guarantee that was added to his contract in 2007.
"He's looking forward to being a Dallas Cowboy," Ellis' agent, James Williams, said. "Now, if that's going to happen, we don't know. That's not in our control."
Williams said he has not asked for or been told by the Cowboys that he could seek a trade partner.
More VRR after the jump.
Igor Olshansky hit TheSportingNews' Top20 for the league's best defensive ends by bench pressing his way up to an overall ranking of 11.
11. Igor Olshansky, Cowboys. His move to Dallas reunites him with Wade Phillips, the defensive coordinator during Olshansky's first three years with the Chargers. He knows the 3-4 well, has great strength and has learned to use his hands well and play with leverage.
Former Cowboy end Chris Canty wasn't on the list, but perhaps will be included in TSN's defensive tackle rankings, seeing that the Giants' website lists him as a "DT".
Besides, Jerry Jones backs his guy.
"(Tony) Romo is our guy," said Jones, who was in Arlington Thursday for the unveiling of a video board in the new Cowboys Stadium.
Thanks for your leadership and pinch-safety hitting. Keith Davis will now play in the Bay Area with the silver and black. The former Cowboys safety and special teams dynamo signed with the Oakland Raiders.