If you have ever played franchise mode in the video game “Madden NFL”, you all know too well the joys of playing the front-office mode after the season is over. Playing with cap numbers and contracts, it seems easy to build a champion caliber team with just a few adjustments. Unfortunately for the Dallas Cowboys, they live in the real world and their job is much tougher than it is in the Madden video game. This off-season especially will be tough for the franchise that again had a 3rd straight non-playoff year and facing big cap challenges.
With mounting cap pressures, the best decision for the franchise to do is to let go of some older players and get younger all around. That means having to say good-bye to some players that played really well in past seasons. It will be tough, but the NFL is about what are you doing now, not what have you done in the past. Other than quarterback Tony Romo, who gives you the best chance to win now, here are some veterans that the Cowboys have to bite the bullet on and say good bye.
This one pains me the most to list, but I know it will be best for the team. Just two years ago, defensive end Demarcus Ware was one of the best pass rushers in all of football. He would constantly give you double-digit sack numbers and offenses would have to double team him all the time. That was a weapon you loved having on your defense. But the facts are his production is dropping off and his injuries are piling up. Until this year, Ware hasn’t missed a game, now he has missed three this year. He has single-digit sack numbers for the first time since his rookie year, and this year’s number is lower than his rookie year. Last year we saw his injuries pile up, and they continued to plague him this season. Now, he will command a huge salary that will make it harder to sign other players in other areas. He is set to make a base salary of $12.5 million and will have a cap number around $16 million. The Cowboys can cut him now or after June 1st and get savings of around $8million. You also open up the opportunity to get younger at defensive end and pay the successor much less. If Ware were willing to take a pay cut like other players have done, that would help too, but he seems unwilling to do that. So, to get better we must say good bye to Ware.