Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff (90) celebrates making a tackle during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys: The Curious Case Of Jay Ratliff

While thousands of furloughed workers are probably proud to say that their temporary unemployment is coming to a close due to the recent end of the government shutdown, Jay Ratliff is unable to say the same as he now finds himself looking for work as an NFL free agent.

Honestly, I don’t know where I stand on the bizarre finish to Ratliff’s time as a Cowboy. I have to say I agree with the move, but truly am almost in shock.

Ratliff is a former late-round draft pick who I’m sure most thought would never amount to anything more than a rotation player at best. Four Pro Bowls later and it’s Ratliff who gets the last laugh. Or does he?

Ratliff surprised many by his ability to not only be a rotation player, but also a force in the middle for a team that was really lacking of any playmakers.

Arguments began to come out that he was being misused and that he was truly a better fit as a defensive end. Even with those opinions being voiced Ratliff continued to make plays as an undersized defensive tackle.

I think very few people would be unappreciative of Ratliff’s time in a Cowboys uniform, and yet I find myself wondering what happened.

Maybe this is only me, but the last two years in reference to Jay Ratliff have been nothing less than bizarre.

Before this great downfall, Ratliff seemed a durable, soft-spoken, reliable leader who went out and was willing to do whatever was necessary to help the team win.

Now, I’m fully prepared to take all the backlash for what I’m about to say, but I feel like Ratliff became a lazy, selfish, injury prone prima donna whose only worry was getting that next big contract.

Now, I speak on pure speculation because obviously I wasn’t there to witness for myself, but he just seemed to lose that drive he once had. First it was the altercation with Jerry Jones, then it was the dwi shortly after the Josh Brent incident, and recently it was the constant injuries.

I know that injuries are serious and all but how can you possibly be hurt for so long, especially when you haven’t even done anything. He didn’t even participate in offseason workouts or play a single down of actual football I might add.

I hear lots of people calling this a big mistake because we needed him, well I hate to break it to you but I really don’t think that guy was ever going to even put his jersey back on this season anyways.

Makes me wonder if Miles Austin is next. No matter how explosive the player is, it seems an awful waste of money when reliability is a factor.

No matter how bizarre the situation all I can say is thanks Jay. You will be missed, and best of luck.

 

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