IRVING, Texas – Mark Slough, defensive tackle Jay Ratliff's agent, issued a statement from the four-time Pro Bowler regarding Ratliff's release by the Cowboys on Wednesday afternoon.
Prior to a question-and-answer session regarding Ratliff's 2012 injuries and subsequent rehab, Slough issued a short statement from Ratliff:
The statement read: "First, let me say thank you to the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones for taking a chance on me in 2005. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Cowboys, and it was always my desire to begin and end my career here in Dallas. But I understand this business, and now it's time to move on, turn the page and begin again.
To all my teammates, I want to wish them nothing but the best. Stay strong, keep fighting and always believe. I'm sorry I couldn't be there for you, but I will always support you and value our time together. [embedded_ad]
And lastly, to all the Cowboy fans, I want to say it was an honor to play for you. Cowboy fans are the best fans in the NFL, and I thank each and every one of you for the support and love you have shown to me these past nine years. I will miss you."
Ratliff played nine seasons with the Cowboys after being drafted No. 224 overall in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played in 104 career games for Dallas, tallying 228 total tackles and 27 sacks.