Ware stated shortly after last season ended that he would be willing to help the team out by restructuring his contract, a seemingly annual tactic employed by Jones in simply pushing money down the road in order to borrow salary cap room for the short term. Ware indicated that he would not be willing to accept less money.
Now, much will happen over the course of the offseason that could certainly change things. I certainly wouldn’t expect Ware and his camp to openly state their willingness to take less money right now. That leverage I spoke of earlier is still taking shape, however all the cards remain firmly in the palm of Jones on this.
In fact, rumor is circulating that Ware could end up being among the most surprising salary cap casualties of this offseason—I believe this could certainly come to pass in the event Ware refuses to bend on his “less money” stance.
Perhaps the biggest ace up Jones’ sleeve is this week’s announcement that Ware, after all, will have surgery later this month, his second dating back to last offseason. After undergoing the knife in January of last year to repair the posterior labrum in his right shoulder, Ware will now have work done on his right elbow—the same one he hyperextended in December of 2012.
Notice that both of these issues are occurring in the same arm.
Further, Ware is also dealing with issues below his waste, in his neck and also his back. Toss in the fact that he’ll be 32 years old before next season begins and you have definite reason to be concerned about how much more effective, and for how long, Ware will actually be as a professional football player.