THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Negotiations between the Dallas Cowboys and hold out kicker Roger Ruzek broke down Thursday and after the team refused to trade him, Ruzek said he would return home to Utah.
Ruzek, his agents and Cowboys Vice President Joe Bailey met for two hours on Wednesday and two hours Thursday in Irving, a Dallas suburb, Ruzek said.
'I came here with all intentions to work things out all fairly. It was apparent we can not work out a multi-year deal. I suggested to Joe Baily, 'Joe, how about a one-year deal just to play this year?' Joe declined that.'
'I'd be content just to accept the conditions of Jess Atkinson's contract,' Ruzek said. 'Joe declined that, so I felt that it was in the best interestof both parties we should discuss a trade then. He declined that.'
'I've chosen to go back home to Utah and pursue my life back at home,' said Ruzek.
Atkinson, also a placekicker, was one of 10 players cut by the Cowboys Thursday. Steve Weinberg, one of Ruzek's agents, earlier said Atkinson had signed a contract that would pay him a base salary of $126,500 and included a roster bonus of $10,000 and $58,000 worth of other incentives.
Ruzek, a rookie last year, earned $79,000, including a $14,000 in performance bonuses. He is scheduled to earn $71,000 this season.
'A one-year deal like with Atkinson. That's what I proposed. I'd be more than happy to accept that. I'd be in camp tonight,' said Ruzek.
Ruzek would not say how far apart he and the Cowboys remained.
Atkinson had been competing against two other veterans, Luis Zendejas and Eric Schubert, in the battle to replace Ruzek.
The cuts left 59 veterans and 22 rookies still on the Cowboy squad. The first major cutdown, to 60 players, will be on Aug. 23.
Also cut Thursday were second year defensive end Randy Watts of Catawba State; Sanjay Beach, wide receiver, Colorado State; Dave Denbraber, quarterback, Ferris State; Gary Dunlap, defensive back, Youngstown State; Reggie Jones, running back, Florida A&M; Jeff Kremer, linebacker, Kentucky; Scott Leet, punter, Cal State-San Francisco; Andrew Marlatt, defensive end, Miami-Ohio, and Melvin Patterson, wide receiver, Stephen F. Austin.