Report: Cowboys dangling Ellis to Patriots

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The New England Patriots missed out on Jason Taylor, but another Pro Bowl edge-rusher could be had.

Calvin Watkins of FanHouse.com reports Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Greg Ellis is on the trade block because he's entering the final year of his contract. Watkins also writes the Cowboys have identified the Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals as the top potential trade partners.

Ellis was used mostly on passing downs. He recorded eight sacks, 12 quarterback pressures and 55 tackles. He also had an interception and recovered a fumble.

The Miami Dolphins might have been a potential landing pad for Ellis had they not signed Taylor last week. Ellis played for Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells in Dallas.

The Patriots traded outside linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs and haven't brought in any additional help. Fourth-year pro Pierre Woods is the likely replacement if the Patriots don't find help elsewhere.