Coming off a season where he recorded a career low in tackles and sacks, Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware has two years left on his current contract worth a total of $26 million. Despite the Cowboys current cap situation, and his poor performance, the ten-year veteran appears unwilling take a pay cut. His stand places the Cowboys in an awkward position this offseason. They can restructure Ware’s contract and pay him his money, hoping he returns to form. Or they can simply release him and take the chance he’ll play well on another team.
Ware is turning 32-years old this offseason, and is coming off a year where he spent three games on the bench due to a quad injury. Many experts believe this is only a sign of things to come for Ware, whose age appears to be catching up to him.
On the flip side of the coin, Ware’s effectiveness was limited as he struggled with numerous injuries the past two seasons. Most recently, he had elbow surgery to correct a nerve issue he’s been playing with for awhile. And while Ware initially started the season with excellent speed and agility, his performance waned later in the year. He recorded just one sack within the final seven weeks of the season. Here’s how Ware himself explained it to the Star Telegram’s Clarence Hill:
“…back into training camp, I felt better than I have in a long time. Then the little injuries happen with the quad and your elbow and your back so you sit back and think about what can I do now this off-season to make sure this doesn’t happen again, because I know exactly where I can be and how I can play. Injuries took a toll on me a lot this season. But that’s no excuse because I got out there and played. I’ve got to figure out some way to get healthy this off-season for next season.”
So here’s the $26 million dollar poll question for today: Should DeMarcus Ware be willing to take a pay cut for the team? Or should the Cowboys pay Ware his money and hope for the best? Or should the Cowboys cut him loose and move on? Place your vote below and feel free to explain your choice in our comments section.
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