My Top-3 Reasons Why It Was Right To Cut DeMarcus Ware

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Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Reason #1: Production down

Two seasons ago in 2011, DeMarcus Ware put up 19.5 sacks and had 47 total tackles. The numbers went down a bit in 2012 but Ware still managed to put up 11.5 sacks and 33 total tackles.  Then last season his numbers dropped to their lowest in his hall-of-fame career, 6 sacks and just 28 total tackles. Those numbers are even lower than his rookie numbers, 8 sacks and 47 tackles. Those are some troubling stats that make it hard to grasp paying a man $12 million dollars a year with production dropping so rapidly.

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  • deanhighlife

    How can you question his ego when he received a raise? You expect him to accept 5-6 million for one year instead 20 million for two years?
    He is guaranteed to compete for a Super Bowl next year. If he stays then he will compete to be 8-8. You and I would have made the same exact decision every single time.
    You’re absolutely right about reasons one and two.

  • Scott.

    I know it so overused but I truly believe it was a win win situation for all involved. Dallas moves on from the huge salary and starts getting their finances in order and Ware gets paid with most of salary guaranteed. The tricky part is if his body continues to break down and he continues to regress as a player, then the broncos will regret the move and only the broncos.

  • John

    Ware is a pro, and pros do what they do for money. Ware thought he
    didn’t have to accept a paycut, and the market proved him right. If the
    market had proved him wrong, he’d likely still be a Cowboy. That’s the extent of loyalty in today’s NFL, and that’s OK. I wish him all the best.

    • ctcowboy1968

      Boys were going to pay him $12.25 million. Not sure of the details, but $20 million for two years would be $10 million next year. That’s a pay cut. Denver is only doing this to win the SB next year.

      • John

        Everything I’ve read says the Broncos will pay Ware over $12 million this season. Not a pay cut, unless guys like Spagnola and Archer got their numbers wrong…

  • ctcowboy1968

    It was the only move JJ could make. For once he did the right thing. Boys aren’t in the SB discussion. Get the financial house in order and rebuild with youth. Ware is not a difference maker anymore. Ergo, we will as many games with or without him.