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Which Dallas Cowboys Veterans are on the Hot Seat?

Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) celebrates after recovering a fumble with linebacker Trent Cole (58) in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT

The Dallas Cowboys are a top heavy team. Their depth chart has been ridiculed on a regular basis. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones love to have the flashy new toy, and he pays for it. In turn, the Cowboys and their fan base suffers. If a high-priced (and most times overpaid) starter goes down, the money has never been there to sign and retain quality depth. Considering the offseason is in full swing, it’s never too early to talk about the Cowboys’ roster, and the players that need to pick it up or be shown the door.

Miles Austin

This one should not be a surprise to anyone. Miles Austin spent the majority of the 2013 season injured and unable to contribute. The downsides are many with Austin, and upsides are few. He aging, rookie Terence Williams showed real promise in support of the Cowboys receiving corps while Austin was out, his contract is HUGE and there are plenty more receivers on Dallas’ roster ready to move up the depth chart. Unfortunately, Austin may not get a chance to prove he can still hold his own.

Brandon Carr

The Cowboys secondary got torched last year, and guys like Brandon Carr were left out to dry. This is not to say he should be sent packing, but Carr had a lackluster season. Only grabbing three interceptions for a secondary that needed playmakers badly was just not enough considering the size of his contract. It wasn’t bad, but when you’re paid like a superstar, you should be all over the field. Carr did enough, but the output needs to be higher, even if teams don’t attack him as much as other corners. Great players make plays, regardless of the circumstances.

DeMarcus Ware

With DeMarcus Ware, people are going to say, “He played through injury all year.” This is true, and yet he will still find himself on the hot seat if he has another lackluster season. The problem with being a beast and outperforming yourself year after year is when you start to falter a little, people already have high expectations for you. You can’t afford to be hurt, and that’s what’s happening to Ware right now. If he can get his body right this offseason, and have a season to quite the critics, you can almost certainly expect the cries for more to quiet down. Now we just need to keep Jerry and Co. from overpaying him when his current deal is up.

These are only three veterans on a roster full of high priced starters. Anyone I left off? Jump on the comment section and let hear what you have to say.

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