Wednesday Whys

Why did the Cowboys waive Greg Ellis instead of trading him? No choice there. Once it was known to the football world that there was little to no chance Ellis would remain on the Cowboys’ roster, the trade market for his services dried up. The Cowboys replaced Ellis with Anthony Spencer a year ago. The argument from the Cowboys – or any team trying to trade a player whom they will eventually release – is that a team will have to trade for the player rather than compete for him with other teams upon his release. That argument, however, was not good enough for any team to give up anything – even a conditional seventh rounder in future years – for Ellis.

Ellis was picked eighth overall in the 1998 draft (the same draft in which Randy Moss went to the Vikings with the 20th selection). Ellis is a class act and made the Pro Bowl just one year ago after coming back from a torn Achilles tendon, a rare achievement for an older player.

Why is Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall not being suspended by the NFL for his latest incident with alleged domestic violence? The NFL looked into Marshall’s case and decided the only punishment necessary was a stern letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell advising him to watch himself, as there will be no similar benefit of the doubt should this kind of incident happen again.

Interestingly, Marshall avoided discipline as a repeat offender. He was suspended for the opening game of the 2008 season after an incident involving a former girlfriend (this incident involved his fianc