Every Dallas Cowboys fan knows their favorite team is in a financial pickle this offseason. Currently an estimated $20 million over the salary cap, with an alleged $7 million in relief coming from the NFL, the Cowboys are going to have to make some hard decisions between now and March 11th. In order to get under the salary cap limit by that league mandated date, Dallas will have to restructure a number of contracts and possibly part with a player or two.
One of those player options is aging defensive end DeMarcus Ware. The 10-year veteran is coming off his worst statical season in his career.Ware recorded 40 tackles and 6.0 sacks in 2013. The soon-to-be 32-year old also missed his first game to injury ever this season. In fact, he missed three games with a quad injury. And Ware also just had elbow surgery, so the veteran appears to be falling apart on us before our very eyes.
The bigger issue is that Ware is owed $26 million total within the next two years. And he has already said publicly that he’s unwilling to take a pay cut. With Pro Bowlers Anthony Spencer (DE) and Jason Hatcher (DT) both heading to free agency this offseason, a difficult choice may have to be made between the three outstanding players. Dallas’ front office has indicated they wish to sign both Spencer and Hatch back. But in order to do so, they may have to waive the heart of the Cowboys defense.
Here’s today’s poll question:
“I want all three back on the team in 2014. But we have to be realistic. And Ware needs to realize he is no longer the player he was. The Cowboys are hoping Ware regains his previous form, if only he can get healthy enough. Last offseason, Ware claimed to feel better than ever. He went on to have his worst season ever. In my eyes, Ware’s days are done. I’ve seen this too many times before. The delusional, aging veteran refuses to believe it’s over. His mind is there but his body is not. I’m sorry, but time waits for no man. If Ware is so blind that he can’t see his decline in production/speed/quickness and his body breaking down, and still refuses to take a pay cut, he deserves to be cut. Personally, I want to see Ware end his career as a Cowboy. Apparently, he doesn’t.”
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