IRVING, Texas —
The agent also said Ratliff wasn’t leaving the Cowboys on bad terms. Slough said Jones called Ratliff to tell him about the release.
“There’s no ill will,” the agent said. “Jay’s not upset. He’s not mad. He’s not angry. I’ve been with him quite a bit over the last two days, he and his wife both. He and his wife both talking about the possibility of what might happen today.”
Ratliff made the Pro Bowl as recently as 2011, but ended up missing 10 games last year. A sprained ankle kept him out of the first four, followed by the groin problem.
After his injury-filled 2012 season, Ratliff was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in January, just weeks after teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter following a car accident that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown.
In his four-year stretch of Pro Bowl appearances, Ratliff twice had a career-high 83 tackles and 19 of his 27 career sacks.
But he had just two sacks after signing a five-year, $49 million extension in 2011. He will count $7 million against the salary cap next season even after agreeing to have his deal restructured this past offseason. Ratliff will be off the books in 2015.
With star pass rusher DeMarcus Ware battling a quadriceps injury, it’s likely Hatcher will be the only one of the four projected starting defensive linemen on the field Sunday when Dallas visits Philadelphia. Anthony Spencer is out for the season after knee surgery.