Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) with his helmet off during a timeout from the game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Ware: A Small Loss For Dallas Cowboys

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.

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  • JerryJonesSux

    David Lewis, you must be a Jerry Jones homer! You don’t release arguably your best defensive player if you don’t have a backup plan. And clearly, the Cowboys have none!

    • Earl Robertson

      Well jerry may be letting theses guys go because he has no money to keep them but the bottom line Ware and hatcher would not be worthy of the money that they are now getting. The NFL is a young man game

    • Scott.

      Not a huge fan of Jerry but this was the right move. So is letting Hatcher and Spencer go. That’s 3 good moves. Couple that with moving back last tear grabbing Frederick and picking up Williams, as of late Jerry has done ok. Once again I have been Jerry’s biggest enemy but he deserves credit in regards to above mentioned.

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      I must agree with Scott and Earl even though it hurts me to admit that Jones is finally doing some things right for a change. However, the jury is still out until we see how he handles the upcoming draft and free agency. It is almost as if Jones has relinquished his job as general manager.

  • SmartThinking

    At least to my eyes, big Jones has not let us in on his back-up plan for the defense, assuming he has one. If the two tomato cans he picked up in FA are any indication of his master plan, the Dallas defense is going to be in for a bumpy ride.

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and “assume” big Jones recognizes there’s a problem and gaping holes which must be filled with bigger, better bodies than the two guys he’s bought so far.

    I like Marinelli a lot. But here’s the thing, well, two things, really: 1) I think asking Marinelli to coach these guys up or asking McClay to find more Selvies … again, is putting more pressure on these guys to succeed than they’re capable of, and 2) as fans, I hope we’re not getting into the mindset of accepting the quality and caliber of players like Selvie (no offense to you) as players capable of getting this team to the playoffs.

    Marinelli and McClay can only do so much. Jones relying on them to make the defense playoff quality, rather than drafting quality, is waaaay more than a reach. And we as fans shouldn’t let up on expecting better than mediocre, which is all we’ve seen to date from big Jones, Marinelli and McClay’s collective efforts on fixing the defense so far.