When we last heard from outside linebacker Greg Ellis in the NFC East, he was finally talking his way out of town. He'd been unhappy with his role with the Cowboys in 2008 because they were attempting to make Anthony Spencer the full-time starter. He continued to be a mentor to Spencer, but his annual offseason complaints were starting to wear thin with the club. He was even unhappy when the Cowboys spent a couple of mid-round picks on outside linebackers in the '09 draft.
Ellis signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Raiders after being released last June and he finished the '09 season with seven sacks as a 4-3 defensive end. But the Raiders released the 34-year-old player Monday, and Ellis' agent told ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins that his client would be open to filling a reserve role for the Cowboys in 2010.
A club source informed me Wednesday afternoon the Cowboys have no interest in Ellis at this time. The club feels like second-year players Victor Butler and Brandon Williams both have a shot to emerge as talented backups at outside linebacker. In fact, none other than All-Pro DeMarcus Ware told me recently that Williams has a lot of potential and he plans to take the former Texas Tech player under his wing.