Knowing when to part with big named players is an crucial decision every NFL general manger has to make. If you make the right decision, it can set your franchise up for success for years to come. And if you make the wrong one, it can do quite the opposite. Is it time the Dallas Cowboys consider parting ways with long-time veteran DeMarcus Ware?
The Cowboys all-time sack leader is scheduled to make $26 million in the next two seasons. The 31-year old veteran is on pace to post career low numbers in sacks and tackles this year after missing three games with a quad injury. This is his first season ever to miss games due to injury. I doubt it will be his last.
The writing on the wall is fairly evident. Ware is getting long in the tooth and he probably only has a couple more productive seasons in him. Despite how much I would love to have Ware end his career in Dallas, our current salary cap issues will not allow that to happen. And the Cowboys need to at least consider trading Ware this offseason while his value is still somewhat high.
One thing you can not replace will be the character Ware brings to the locker room. But he has also refused to be a vocal leader, even when the team really needed one. That fact maybe Ware’s only flaw as a player.
Other franchises have made this move with much success. The Green Bay Packers parting ways with Brett Favre. The Indianapolis Colts parting ways with Peyton Manning. Now, the Cowboys should as least consider parting ways with DeMarcus Ware.