Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is hit by Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) during a game on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys: DeMarcus Ware - Thanks for the Memories!

For Cowboy Nation, DeMarcus Ware is a sensitive subject. I love Ware as a player and as a Cowboy, but it’s time to let him go. It’s a financial issue. Ware is going to be 32 years old next season and will make $12.2 million and count $16 million against the salary cap. Last season, Ware had six sacks. Ware would have to be the NFL sack leader to justify his salary, it’s an impossible task.

Robert Quinn of the St. Louis Rams led the NFL with 19 sacks. He plays the same right defensive end position as Ware, but Quinn is 23 years old. In 2014, Quinn’s salary will cost the Rams $3 million according to Ware will make three times Quinn’s salary, the math just doesn’t work.

Now, the question becomes – Can the Cowboys replace Ware’s production from the draft?

NFL Rookie Defensive End Regular Season Sack Leaders By Year


Draft Position



Ezekial Ansah – Detroit

1st Round / 5th



Bruce Irvin – Seattle

1st Round / 15th



Jabaal Sheard – Cleveland

2nd Round / 37th



Carlos Dunlap – Cincinnati

2nd Round / 54th



Conner Barwin – Houston

2nd Round / 46th



Cliff Avril – Detroit

3rd Round / 92nd



Four rookie defensive ends exceeded Ware’s six sack total. When the Cowboys cut Ware, it’s possible that a rookie will replace or exceed Ware’s production from last year at an extremely lower cost. Let’s look at Ezekial Ansah’s salary.

Ezekial Ansah’s Salary Current Structure from


Base Salary

Prorated Bonus

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If Jerry Jones doesn’t cut Ware, everyone will criticize him for financially damaging the Cowboys future by continuously overpaying an aging, under-performing athlete. If he does cut Ware, there will be a section of Cowboy Nation that will criticize him for lack of “loyalty”. As general manager, you have to make tough decisions that help the team win now and in the future. As fans, you have to understand that some moves, however unpopular, are for the good of the team. Nothing personal, it’s business.

I’d prefer the Cowboys take a chance with an affordable, younger defensive end with a promising future over a higher priced fading star who’s best days are possibly behind him – and you should too.

DeMarcus Ware – Thanks for the memories.



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  • Old Frog


  • Jimmy DeMarco

    Good article. Completely agree!

  • SmartThinking

    Is there some reason to give Ware the chop today? Why can’t this decision be postponed until after the draft? If we get a stud DE, then great, cut Ware. If we don’t, then Ware’s on- board as a mentor and/ or player. So, once again, what’s the rush?

  • Chesney Blair

    Yes agree. That or a nice pay cut that is incentive based. Prove your worth by your performance not your name.

  • jrcowboy49

    Good comment and the Cowboys need to move on!

  • Juanito Juanito

    cut him, sign greg hardy with less money and years, dw not a real DE he is an OLB

  • will hall

    Dumb post, let’s look at each player on this list.Ok now look at there DLINE, the reason they have produced is what? They have at least one player next to them you must double team. Go ahead take a look, I will take two off the list for you. The Lions players, Suh gets double teamed every play. Which leaves one on one with average players, D Ware had no one on his line who commands double team consideration.

  • texasaaa

    He will come back and murder us. He will take a pay cut and be back where he belongs. A Cowboy.

  • Fred G Samford

    Dont cut him trade him someone out there will trade for him.