Jay Ratliff Better Off Without Dallas Cowboys

By Sarah Dewberry
Tim Heitman-US TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff hasn’t played a down this season, and by the looks of it, he never will.

The Cowboys announced Wednesday that Ratliff’s eight-year tenure with the team was over by terminating his contract and placing him on the failed physical list, per DallasCowboys.com.

Before he was cut, Ratliff had been struck by the injury bug. Since November, he’d been sidelined with a groin injury, underwent sports hernia surgery, suffered a hamstring injury in training camp and was eventually placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

During his weekly radio show on KLRD-FM, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said that Ratliff could be placed on injury reserve, but didn’t know if his days in Dallas were numbered.

“When you say, ‘done in Dallas,’ I don’t know about done in Dallas, when you look at the rest of Jay’s career,” the Cowboys owner explained on KRLD-FM (105.3), per Dallas Morning News. “But certainly from the standpoint of this year. We’ve got a situation that’s not positive as to him getting out on the field. We’re going to see as we go through this week what we’re going to do technically.”

It seems that tension had been building between Ratliff and the Cowboys over the past few months. Ratliff was eligible to be activated off the physically unable to perform list for the first time Tuesday, but he elected to do most of his rehabilitation outside the team’s Valley Ranch facility, where most of the tension resulted from.

While in Dallas, Ratliff played in four straight Pro Bowls from 2008-11, played in 104 games, recorded 27.0 sacks and 158 total tackles.

Ratliff signed a five-year extension in 2011, for a total of $48.6 million.

Now that Ratliff has been cut, the Cowboys will no longer dish out his base salary of $1.34 million and his cap of $10.268 will roll over into next year.

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