Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff prior to the game against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones says Jay Ratliff's release is now a 'legal matter'

The Dallas Cowboys finally parted ways with defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. It ends a lot of speculation about his future. Ratliff’s time was up on the physically unable to perform list the Cowboys had two options: injured reserve or release. They choose the latter.

After the release, Ratliff and his agent held a conference call and eventually released a statement. Still, this situation like most break ups has gotten ugly.

“This has now become a legal” matter, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Ratliff’s agent said there were “unrealistic expectations” placed on him and that “no one really understood the severity” of the hamstring injury he is dealing with.

“He was trying to do everything he could to get ready,” Ratliff’s agent Matt Slough said.

The fact that it has become a legal matter is odd given his agents comments.

“There’s no ill will,” Slough said, via Jean-Jaques Taylor of ESPN Dallas. “Jay’s not upset. He’s not mad. He’s not angry. He understands the business side and it’s a chance for him to make a fresh start.”

There clearly is more to the story then we’re getting.


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