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.