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Report: Cowboys cut Ellis

05.26.09 at 2:36 pm ET

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys have decided to cut ties with outside linebacker Greg Ellis, which could clear the way for New England to sign the veteran pass rusher. Ellis, 33, had 77 sacks in 11 seasons with the Cowboys, and had his best season in 2007 when he made the Pro Bowl after posting a career-best 12.5 sacks despite missing the first three games recovering with a torn Achilles’€™ tendon.

The Patriots have been floated as a possible landing spot for Ellis. After dealing outside linebacker Mike Vrabel to Kansas City earlier in the offseason, New England has been unable to land a replacement in either the draft or free agency. They did reportedly make a play for Jason Taylor, who ended up returning to the Dolphins, and they have inquired about Oakland defensive end Derrick Burgess.

Ellis, a first-round pick out of North Carolina who has been in the league for 11 seasons, is a 6-foot-6, 262-pounder who spent eight years at defensive end before being moved to outside linebacker. In 162 regular-season games — all with Dallas — he has 77 sacks, 36 tackles for loss, 51 pass breakups and 21 forced fumbles.

Another team who could reportedly make a play for Ellis is Cincinnati.

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