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

Cowboys Poll: Would You Waive Ware To Sign Spencer And Hatcher?

Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) leaves the field in the second quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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:

Cowboys Poll: Would You Waive DeMarcus Ware To Sign Anthony Spencer And Jason Hatcher?

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My Take:

“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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  • Dana

    yes i would cut D. Ware. even though all three are in their 30′s. Ware has more wear and tear. he does’nt want to take a pay cut.

  • Old Frog

    Tough choice. Ware isn’t his old self for sure but there are no guarantees Spencer comes back from his injuries either and Hatcher may not be able to duplicate what he did last year and certainly not for multiple years in the future. Might be better to tear up all their contracts and sign whoever is willing to come back cheap on a short contract vis-a-vis Brian Waters, otherwise let them go be someone else’s problem.

  • SmartThinking

    I don’t want any of them.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Ware needs to take a pay cut. If not, then he needs to go. Cut or trade with Cowboys paying some of his salary because no one is going to take his full pay. We can not be sentimental with that much cap space involved. I am not a huge fan of either Spencer or Hatcher as individuals, but short term contracts for two players is better than an overbearing contract for one player that is no longer worth the money.

  • Juanito Juanito

    Ware could still play good, but in a team with 3-4 scheme, cowboys only should bring back hatcher with a decent contract bacose is age, and select a good 1 tecnike dt, in first round and the best DE aveilable in second round, and cowboys could have a good defensive line next season

  • Jack Farguson

    Ware is the only one that has had near 20 sacks for multiple years. Both Spencer and Hatcher have only produced in contract years, and still didn’t come close to Wares multi year totals. Injuries have been hard on the whole Defense the last two years, Spencer hasn’t done anything since that contract year nor anything before. I think I take my chances on the most disruptive D line man we have ever had coming back from injury. Even last year when Ware ended the season hurt he managed 19 sacks. learning the new defense better might help too.

  • Garrison MCM

    Keep Ware! Pay Cut/Restructure. Spencer have got paid enough and Hatcher played a Pro Bowl year in a contract year. Let both Hatcher & Spencer

  • jrcowboy49

    D. Ware’s extreme high cap number reflects the vast ignorance of a GM (Jerrah) who can’t judge
    talent, overpays aging players, and has no idea about managing the salaries to fit the cap. Restructuring a player’s salary is “kicking the can down the road instead of fixing the problem.” That can has now come home to roost and it is biting Jerrah in the ass. The Cowboys are now in a rebuilding mode! Jerrah has destroyed the viability of the team as it cannot be sustained by arrogance, ego, and stupidity!