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October 25, 2013

Stephen Jones said it was time to move on from Jay Ratliff, though legal issues remain unresolved

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and vice-president Stephen Jones continued to try to put a happy face on the drama with former defensive tackle Jay Ratliff who was released last week for medical reasons.
He has now been cleared to play by his personal doctor and is soliciting offers from other teams. 
The Cowboys say there are no hard feelings towards Ratliff's career and demise in Dallas, though they acknowledged they may pursue legal recourse with the former four-time Pro Bowler who was signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension in 2011.
"Any time you release a player, we released him failed physical, there is that situation involved," Stephen Jones said. "I mean Jay had a great career here. It was hell of a run he had. Made Pro Bowls. We had a lot of good times here with Jay. Unfortunately, it happens to all players. It happened to Michael Irvin. It happened to Troy Aikman. Your time comes. His time came here. It’s time to move on. But there are some things that are left out there in terms of his injury that we obviously can’t talk about. That’s really all I want to say about that."
Jerry Jones also pointed to pending legal issues with Ratliff but said on his radio show on Friday that he has no hard feelings toward Ratliff possibility joining another team this year.
Jerry Jones said that will best for everyone involved, as it could possibility give the Cowboys some salary cap relief.
"It is better for everybody concerned if Jay can go on and play," Jerry Jones said.
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