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Report: Ellis turned down Pats

06.18.09 at 6:42 pm ET

According to this report in the Dallas Morning News, Greg Ellis — who was recently released by the Cowboys — was offered a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Patriots. However, the veteran pass rusher decided against signing with New England, preferring instead to ink a three-year, $10 million contract with Oakland.

The 33-year-old Ellis, who has played his entire 11-year career with Dallas before being cut loose earlier this spring, had 77 sacks in 11 seasons with the Cowboys. His best season came 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.

A first-round pick out of North Carolina, Ellis is a 6-foot-6, 262-pounder who spent eight years at defensive end in Dallas before the Cowboys moved him to outside linebacker.

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