The last year of the Cowboys' relationship with Jay Ratliff has been rocky, and on Wednesday, it came to an end when the team announced it had released the four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle from the PUP list after a failed physical.
The Cowboys took Ratliff in the seventh round of the 2005 draft, and by 2007, he was the full-time starting nose tackle. From 2008-11, he didn't miss a game.
But he only played six games in 2012 before suffering a groin injury that kept him out the rest of the season. He had hernia surgery in the offseason, and he's been on the PUP list with groin and hamstring injuries since.
Last December, Ratliff and owner Jerry Jones clashed when Jones told Ratliff in the locker room after a win how much the team needed him. Reportedly, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Ratliff "rose to physically challenge" the owner "and then made derisive mention of Jones' age."
Then, in January, Ratliff was arrested and charged with DWI.
There was talk earlier this week that the team might place Ratliff on the IR list instead of releasing him.
“I think there are a lot of things we're going to be looking at over the next couple of weeks,” team president Stephen Jones said this week. “Obviously, we're concerned, I said that last week, that it's not coming along better. But we won't know anything like that for another… We'll get a good going over this week for sure and it should give us a lot more feel.”
Ultimately, though, the Cowboys decided to break up with him instead, even though it will cost them nearly $7 million in dead money for next season.