The Cowboys had every right to make the decision they did with center Andre Gurode.
For simply football and financial reasons, they are probably right in the decision they made to part ways with Gurode and give the job to Phil Costa, who is younger, more athletic and cheaper.
Still the five-time Pro Bowler Gurode deserved a better send off.
There is no easy way to fire somebody. But having him travel with the team to Minnesota for the Vikings game and then letting him sit and watch in limbo was no the right way to handle it.
The Cowboys didnt just decide when they got to Minnesota that they wanted to part ways with Gurode. This is something that has been brewing for weeks.
Gurode gave up blood for this franchise (remember the stomping by Albert Haynesworth). He deserved better than to twist in the wind at his locker on Monday while his teammates went out to practice.
This should serve as a example to fans the next time a player holds out for more money. A signed contract means nothing to the team when you get old and your skills diminish. It should mean nothing to a player when they have outplayed their deal.
I hope nose tackle Jay Ratliff was paying attention because he is getting severely underpaid at a position that takes a toll on his body.
Ratliff has made three straight Pro Bowls and is giving his best years to the Cowboys at a bargain price. By the time his deal is up in two years, they are likely to say he doesn't have it anymore.
Consider that Ratliff is due to make $3.75 million and $4.8 million in base salaries in 2011 and 2012. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick who has yet to crack the starting lineup let alone be named to the Pro Bowl team will get $10 million in guaranteed money during that time.
The Cowboys are quick to tout the message being sent in lockerroom by the Gurode decision about competition and playing the best player regardless of name, pedigree or salary.
Hope Ratliff is paying attention to the message being sent about why you need to get all you can when you can.
At least Gurode was being paid like a Pro Bowler when he got cut.