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June 15, 2009
Ellis a Raider? Stay tuned

So, apparently, the Raiders have signed former Dallas Cowboys pass-rushing linebacker Greg Ellis to a three-year deal, according to a report from AOL's NFL Fanhouse on Monday.
Thing is, and not surprisingly, the Raiders have not confirmed or denied the account.
We should know more Tuesday, when the Raiders begin their final three-day OTA workouts at the team's Alameda compound. And we should know something definitively on Wednesday, when the workouts are open to the media.
If Ellis is indeed the newest Raider, joining recent veteran signings in quarterbacks Jeff Garcia and Charlie Frye and fullback Lorenzo Neal, he would not only bring solid leadership to a young and impressionable pass-rushing unit, it might hasten an end to defensive end Derrick Burgess' time in Silver and Black.
Ellis, who turns 34 on Aug. 14, was released by Dallas on June 2 after an 11-year, 162-game career with the Cowboys in which the former first-round pick out of North Carolina started 156 contests and had 634 tackles, 77 of which were sacks. He was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year and a Pro Bowler in 2007. The 6-feet-6, 262-pounder had 36 tackles, eight sacks and an interception last season.
Thing is, he played outside linebacker in the Cowboys' 3-4 defense; the Raiders play in a 4-3 scheme. Meaning, if he has some gas left in the tank, he'd switch to defensive end, which definitely makes the purportedly unhappy Burgess, who has been linked to trade talks with New England, all the more expendable.
Remember, though, the Raiders brought in Greg Spires last offseason in a similar move, but he did not make the team.
Stay tuned...

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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