Four-time Pro Bowler Jay Ratliff experienced a tumultuous 2012 season with the Dallas Cowboys plagued by injuries, a locker-room conflict with owner Jerry Jones, and last month, a DUI arrest.
Nevertheless, the Cowboys on Friday left no doubt about the team's plans for Ratliff to remain with the team this year.
"Absolutely," coach Jason Garrett said from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Ratliff has been told he's a lead candidate to play the key "under-tackle" position in Dallas' new 4-3 defensive scheme. The eight-year veteran, who is under contract through the 2017 season, has slipped in performance after signing a 40 million extension in 2011. But there is no consideration of making him a cap casualty maybe especially because fellow interior lineman Josh Brent faces an uncertain future due to him facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter after a December car accident that killed close friend and Cowboys practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown.
Ratliff and Jason Hatc...