The first reaction most people have to news that linebacker Greg Ellis is unhappy again is _ not again.
Ellis is seemingly unhappy every off season for one reason or another.
But just because its tiring to read, write and hear about doesn't mean Ellis doesn't have a point or two.
When the Cowboys switched to the 3-4 from the 4-3, he asked to be traded or cut because he was too small to play end in the 3-4. The Cowboys eventually benched him in favor of Chris Canty.
He then asked to be traded or released when the Cowboys moved him from end to linebacker because it was a position he never played before. He felt if he didn't make the transition the Cowboys would rid of him.
And then last season he saw the drafting of Anthony Spencer in the first round when he was
coming off of Achilles tendon surgery as a sign they were going to phase him out.
Ellis said he wanted a new contract, proving the Cowboys were committed to him,
or he wanted to be cut or traded. He even threatened to retire.
Remember the back drop of all of this was the below market value contract the Cowboys convinced him to sign several years back. He finally got on the field when the Cowboys made some adjustments to his contract.
Of course Ellis had the best season of his career, with 12.5 sacks, being named
to the Pro Bowl for the first time and receiving the NFL comeback player of the
For the record, the Cowboys have the right to do what they want to put the best team on
But it's understandable for Ellis to wonder aloud about the team's motives.
Here he is coming off a great season and hoping to build on it in 2008 only to find out that the team is trying to take his starting job away.
Again just cause you are paranoid, doesn't mean they are not trying to get you.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.