It was probably once thought by many that DeMarcus Ware would hang up his cleats as a member of the Dallas Cowboy. But as of this week, it doesn’t look like that will be the case. Well, at least not without one stop in between.
Ware hit the free agent market after he and Cowboys officials failed to find any common ground on a pay cut that would have kept the 7-time pro bowler in Dallas. Only one day later the Denver Broncos picked him up on a contract of $30 million over three years.
What does this mean for the Dallas Cowboys?
Is it the official beginning of a blow it up and rebuild process? What does this mean for Rod Marinelli who is now probably looking at one of the biggest question marks, being the defensive line, on what was already one of the worst defenses in NFL history? More than likely you can add Anthony Spencer to that list as Jason Hatcher recently inked a deal with the Washington Redskins.
More than anything else though, what does this mean for Jerry Jones? I truly can’t remember the last time he let someone of this caliber go. Maybe he is finally learning that you can’t have everything, and sometimes the alternative is better.
Perhaps we should look at this move as a positive step in the right direction. Ware only amassed 17.5 sacks in the last two seasons combined making for less sacks than both Robert Quinn and Robert Mathis in just this season.
Add to that the fact that he has definitely lost mobility and the hits are starting to catch up to him. The simple truth is that this was a move that had to be made. Ware was on schedule to make $16 million this coming season. Quick math tells you that if he only duplicates last year’s statistics that is nearly $3 million dollars per sack. Hardly worth it.
When a no name like George Selvie collects more sacks the simple answer is that for the same production a cheaper product can be found, which would allow for other upgrades and more depth to be acquired.
In the least, this move should put pressure on the organization to truly evaluate and invest in a depleted defensive line, whether it is through the draft or through free agency.
The clear truth is that the DeMarcus Ware of old will be sorely missed. Unfortunately, it seems as though that Ware ran out of the fire that once made him so dominant.