Is DeMarcus Ware Done In Dallas?

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Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) on the bench prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

It’s disturbing, but true.

Already there has been talk of the possibility that defensive end DeMarcus Ware may have played his final game with the Dallas Cowboys. More widely discussed is the idea that the nine-year veteran should take a pay cut before resuming his career with the Cowboys.

If there’s one thing that owner and general manager Jerry Jones understands, it’s leverage. Most people that reside in his income bracket either understand this on their own or they certainly have people who are well paid to point this all-important element out to them as needed. It’s simply part of business.

Ware has played the last couple of seasons with nagging injuries that have either limited his pass-rushing abilities or, as was the case last season, actually cost him playing time for the first time in his outstanding career.

Whether it be the years piling up on Ware or the switch to the 4-3 defensive scheme, which took him from playing outside linebacker to right up on the line as a defensive end, the writing is on the wall here.

A precedent for using this kind of leverage, on the part of the Dallas franchise, is right tackle Doug Free. After a lousy performance in 2012 combined with an absolutely bloated contract, Jones was able to force Free into taking about half of his expected salary heading into 2013.

It remains to be seen if Ware and his agent will accept an arrangement similar to what Free swallowed last offseason. To this point, it appears unlikely that this centerpiece of the Dallas defense for so long will cooperate to an extent that will allow him to remain in Dallas.

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  • Juanito Juanito

    depends of the money

  • SmartThinking

    Now’s the time to see whether Marinelli really likes Ware or wants to restructure that position as well. Of course, that’s assuming Jones lets him make a contribution to the discussion re: Ware staying or going. And, if going, who’ll take his place.

    I’m hearing rumors that the only guys in the room with any input re: the upcoming draft are, of course, Jones and McCoy, McCall (??) All the other coaches are not being allowed in the room.

    • Christian Blood

      This is anybody’s guess really … Valley Ranch has tighter lips than the former-Soviet Union, albeit without the status of “Super Power” obviously.

  • Old Frog

    I’m so tired of this conversation. Trade him already and let’s move on. He’s paid way too much for the results he produces. Trade him and Austin and Bryant and Costa and Claiborne to the Texans for JJ Watt and move on. As soon as anyone says the Texans would never go for it, they are confirming how bad the situation in Dallas really is.

    • Chesney Blair

      Who are they going to trade him to with those cap figures? Find the mug then talk.

      • Old Frog

        Exactly. I’d offer 5 players for one and they wouldn’t take the deal. We’re so screwed.

        • Chesney Blair

          The fact of the matter is market values the player’s worth. The big day contract for des and dts seemed to be over especially for the older veterans. Facts are facts. Mr. Ware is in his thirties, injury-prone, and just had a six sack season. He is also going to have another surgery. He needs to have realistic expectations. If he wants to retire a Cowboy, then he should set his demands as such. If he is not, then just get rid of him and thank him for his services. This is not a charity, you should do what is good for the team. This team needs to desperately get younger in the defensive side.

    • deanhighlife

      Why would the Texans take on a bust like Claiborne and an aging superstar like Ware for Watt?
      That’s crazy talk.
      The fact is the Cowboys are stuck because of the contract. The only leverage they can possibly have is the hope that no one else would pay him a similar amount.

      • Old Frog

        That’s the point. I even kicked in Dez Bryant, Austin, and Costa to sweeten the deal and I’m sure they still wouldn’t take it. They have one DE who’s price for utility is worth more than those 5 put together. Like I said; we are so screwed.

      • Christian Blood

        Dean Dallas has all the leverage here … nobody will want Ware for what he’s willing to play for and that leaves pay cut as the only option. Jordan Woy isn’t stupid by any means.

  • Chesney Blair

    Last offseason guys like Abrahams took lot less money to join their respective teams. Ware needs to look at last years contracts and half his salary. If not adios.

    • Christian Blood

      That’s going to be the deal Chesney … you may be right on the Abraham comparison. I just don’t think that there’s going to be another team willing to beat what Dallas is willing to pay after a significant pay cut.