Is DeMarcus Ware Done In Dallas?

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Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) shakes hands after the game at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats Dallas 45-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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.

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