Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) reacts to getting a record setting sack against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Parting with the Old, Expensive & Injured


Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) reacts to getting a record setting sack against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) reacts to getting a record setting sack against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not going to shed any tears about the release of DeMarcus Ware and the possible loss of free agents Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer. I can’t wait for his Ring of Honor ceremony, but otherwise thanks for the memories. Over the past three weeks I’ve tried to explain why it was necessary and for the good of the team to release our old, expensive and injured players. Football is a young man’s game and none of us should be comfortable with starting three defensive linemen over the age of 30. I really do believe that Jerry Jones as a General Manager finally “gets it”.

Ware, 31, was going to earn $12 million. Spencer, 30, made $10 million last year. Hatcher, 31, made $6 million last year. You really want to pay these guys more? Old players just get older, young players tend to get better and they’re cheaper.

24 players had double digit sacks. Of those 24, 16 were defensive linemen. Shaun Phillips of the Denver Broncos is listed as a defensive end, while many sources indicate he is an outside linebacker.

Player Name

2013 Team

Age

Sacks

Robert Quinn St. Louis Rams

23

19

Greg Hardy Carolina Panthers

25

15

Mario Williams Buffalo Bills

29

13

Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints

24

12.5

Jared Allen Minnesota Vikings – Free Agent

31

11.5

Chandler Jones New England Patriots

24

11.5

Olivier Vernon Miami Dolphins

23

11.5

Justin Tuck New York Giants – Free Agent

30

11

Jason Hatcher Dallas Cowboys – Free Agent

31

11

Charles Johnson Carolina Panthers

27

11

Kyle Williams Buffalo Bills

30

10.5

J.J. Watt Houston Texans

24

10.5

Muhammad Wilkerson New York Jets

24

10.5

Jurrell Casey Tennessee Titans

24

10.5

Shaun Phillips Denver Broncos

32

10

Jerry Hughes Buffalo Bills

25

10

Average Player Age & Sack Total :

26.63

11.81

 

Yes, if I wrote the article, there’s probably a chart. My main goal is to show you the numbers so the lack of productive, sack producing, defensive linemen over the age of 30 stands out. There are only four of them and three of them are free agents. There’s a reason for that. Teams need younger players with cap friendly salaries.

I like DeMarcus Ware, but I love the Dallas Cowboys. Releasing these players is the smartest move Jerry Jones has ever made as a General Manager. Jerry Jones did not have to release Ware at the beginning of free agency. That was a classy and respectful move by Jerry Jones.

How will Cowboy Nation react after Ware signs a 3 year deal with the Broncos for $10 million a year. Ware was scheduled to make $12.25 million with the Cowboys. How much loyalty did Ware show to “The Star” if $2 or $3 million made the difference?

The Cowboys just signed former Houston Texans nose tackle Terrell McClain. He’s 6′ 2”, 300 pounds and 25 years old. He may not be a difference maker, but he’s experienced, young and comes at a cap friendly price. His signing also eliminates the need for the Cowboys to worry about drafting someone to play the zero or one technique. With healthy bodies on the roster as we enter the draft, it reduces our positions of need and we can draft for talent.

Let’s trust Rod Marinelli as defensive coordinator and defensive line guru along with the Cowboys scouting department this off season. I don’t expect any major news from expensive free agent signings. We’re definitely going to get younger, faster and healthier on our defensive line next season and you should be excited.

Additional players like recently signed 30 year old defensive end, Jeremy Mincey will be added to the roster at the right price. Having an opportunity to wear “The Star” and play under coaches Marinelli and Monte Kiffin will be a factor for a lot of free agents. Like it or not, the Cowboys are probably your favorite players favorite team.

#Go Cowboys

#SackCity

If you’re still not convinced that releasing DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher was the right thing to do, check out these articles and let me know what you think.

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DeMarcus Ware – Thanks for the Memories

Cowboys Defensive Line: How Do They Stack Up To League’s Best?

Tags: 2014 Free Agency Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware Jeremy Mincey Terrell McClain

  • Guy Smith

    Cowboys a joke under Jerrah Jones wrahahahah

    • Scott.

      Support your team… Much more enthusiasm in that guy. Us longtime lovers of the star can say enough negative about Jerry. Thanks though

  • Earl Robertson

    Exactly love the signing of McClain I think he is going to be real good

  • ctcowboy1968

    Right on Robert. The ball was in Ware’s court and he chose to leave. Great player, but not worth a $16 million cap hit. Hopefully JJ gets it now. Clean the financial house. Old and non performing players go. Spends a message to everyone in Dallas. No one is above the team. Also, need to clean future cap room for the re-signing of Dez, Tyrone and DeMarco. The young stars are the future of the team.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Need to reload with starters and stock up on back ups. Injuries happen.