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Thursday, May 28, 2009

New England a possibilty for OLB Greg Ellis

By: Greg

The Cowboys are shopping OLB Greg Ellis and they want New England to buy.

"Former Dallas Morning News Cowboys beat writer Calvin Watkins, now with AOL’s Fanhouse, has reported that Dallas has approached New England and Cincinnati about a possible trade for veteran OLB/DE Greg Ellis.

Citing multiple sources, Watkins writes that the Cowboys have approached New England and the Bengals about trading Ellis, but one source told Watkins that the Patriots are not interested in Ellis, who turns 34 in August. Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was a Cowboys defensive coach from 1999-2006.
Dallas seems determined to move Ellis. On Thursday he was sent home from the team’s organized team activities."

Another intriguing possibility at outside rush linebacker. The Patriots lost out on Jason Taylor, did not want to pay for Julius Peppers and did not draft an OLB. Now comes Greg Ellis.

Last season Ellis had 8 sacks and the year before he had 12.5, so the guy can get after the QB and would most likely be an upgrade over the inexperience that the Pats have. BUT Ellis is 34 years old and the Pats are trying to get younger on defense not older. That being said if the Pats can get this guy for a one year contract, it would upgrade their pass rushing defense. They would not have to play him on run downs and it gives the young guys a player to learn behind for one more year.

The Cowboys are openly shopping him so the price will not be high. It will be a mid round draft pick and to me, if you are getting the guy for one year, I would do the deal to upgrade the pass rush.

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