Ray Sherman Sounding Unlikely To Return

One of four assistant coaches whose contracts are set to expire, it now appears unlikely wide receivers coach Ray Sherman will return to the Cowboys' staff in 2011.

In a statement provided to Josina Anderson of Showtime's "Inside the NFL" and Fox 31 Sports in Denver, Sherman sounded like he was saying goodbye after four years with the team:

*"My contract with the Dallas Cowboys is expiring at the end of the season. I appreciate the opportunity that the Cowboys have given me. I was able to coach a great group of receivers who now have a tremendous foundation, giving them the ability to continue to excel for years to come in the NFL."

*Sherman has since confirmed that the statement is accurate.

Sherman interviewed for the Cowboys' head coaching opening on Tuesday. Ultimately the job went to Jason Garrett, who was given final say on the coaching staff. With his contract expiring, it's possible Sherman has decided to leave on his own terms.

According to Stephen Jones on Thursday when Garrett was announced as coach, there weren't expected to be any hard feelings about the longtime NFL assistant interviewing for the Cowboys' top job.

"We wouldn't feel that way at all," Jones said. "And I don't think Jason would either. I think what happens there is that we'll evaluate it based on what's best for the Cowboys going forward."

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