- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2009

ALAMEDA, CALIF. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders were closing in on a contract with defensive end Greg Ellis on Monday night.

The 6-foot-6, 262-pound Ellis, who turns 34 on Aug. 14, was released earlier this month by the Dallas Cowboys _ his team for all 11 of his NFL seasons. The sides were still waiting to complete the deal, and an announcement could come Tuesday if he signs the contract.

Ellis has also played linebacker but likely would be a defensive end in the Raiders’ 4-3 system. Training camp opens next month in nearby Napa.

Raiders coach Tom Cable has acknowledged the team might trade former Pro Bowler Derrick Burgess, who is unhappy with his contract, if Oakland gets adequate compensation.

Ellis has 77 career sacks.


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