The Dallas Cowboys lost starting defensive linemen DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher in free agency, leaving the team without a single starting defensive lineman from training camp. During the season, the fourth defensive lineman, Jay Ratliff, was released by the team after saying he was not healthy enough to take the field.
Just one week after Ratliff was released by Dallas, he received medical clearance and signed with the Chicago Bears.
That hasn't been sitting well with Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and now he plans to go after some of the $10 million signing bonus that the team paid Ratliff, part of his 2013 base salary and even the money Ratliff used to purchase a suite at AT&T Stadium.
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“This type of conduct, unable to play for us one day and a few days later working out for another club, is undermining and needs to be addressed,” Jones said. “There are other avenues. We’re discussing those. And looking carefully in this case how it might fit in as a grievance.” After leaving the Cowboys and finishing off the 2013 with a respectable performance as a member of the Bears, Ratliff earned a two-year contract to remain in Chicago.