Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters at the Senior Bowl today that the organization has begun talks with DeMarcus Ware for a long-term deal.
I discussed this in a prior post but let me recap. The Cowboys will have to be inventive to sign Ware because they have $10 million in cap space without drafting one rookie in the 2009 draft.
So, what kind of salary will Ware demand as the NFL’s sack leader and arguably the best defensive player in football? The Indianapolis Colts gave Dwight Freeney a six-year deal worth $72 million. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has a six-year,$74 million contract with a whopping $31 million guaranteed.
Expect the Cowboys to offer Ware something like a five-year deal worth between $72-75 million with at least $30 million guaranteed. It is a huge contract that will strap the Cowboys in free agency, even if they dump Terrell Owens who doesn’t help the Cowboys salary cap figures at all.
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