Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws in the pocket against Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) in the third quarter at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL.com: ‘Cowboys Handling of DeMarcus Ware A Debacle’


The Dallas Cowboys possessed the worst defensive in the league, and in their franchise’s storied history, last season. What will the team be like this year without their best defensive player? That’s the point NFL.com writer Marc Sessler makes in his latest article as he has listed DeMarcus Ware’s release last week by the Cowboys as one of the worst moves in free agency so far. Here is Sessler’s explanation:

“It’s not a signing, but it is a debacle. I first brought this up on the podcast: It has to pain Dallas fans to see DeMarcus Ware bolt for the Broncos as the direct result of a Dallas front office that can’t get out of its own way. While successful NFL teams find ways to create salary cap money and sign talent, the Cowboys have lost a future Hall of Famer because the team’s cap situation is eternally in disaster mode. In an offseason when Jerry Jones was hard-pressed to improve one of the league’s worst defenses, he’s parted ways with a rare difference-maker in Ware — who is now set up well for a monster season in Denver.”

The major fact Mr. Sessler is missing in the above statement is Ware’s age. He’ll be 32 when the season starts. As fans, we’ve watched his decline in speed and effectiveness the past couple seasons. And Ware can blame this decline on injuries all he wants. The truth is, he is getting older and slower. And Ware has become more susceptible to injury. It happens to the best of us. And that decline will continue throughout his next three years as a Bronco too. Although I expect his impact in Denver to be immediate, it will soon fade. Expect big numbers early but than a steady decline in Ware’s production as the season wears on.

Some claim Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones underestimated Ware’s value in the open market. It’s probably more accurate to state the Broncos overvalued his abilities at this stage of his career. Although Ware can still add value to the Bronco’s defense, is it worth $10 million a year? For Denver, the answer is probably “yes”. But only if it gets them over the hump and a Super Bowl ring. For Dallas, who was struggling even to make the playoffs with the aging Ware, the answer was obviously “no”. The Cowboys needed to spread his salary out to numerous players in order to revitalize their overall poor defense.

Yes, it was a hard decision to release Ware. But I ultimately think it will prove to be the right one for Dallas. Regardless, it shouldn’t tarnish the legacy Ware leaves behind. He will always be one of the greatest to ever wear the star.

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  • Scott.

    I guess only time will tell who was right or wrong. I personally feel that it played out best for the cowboys. I grew up a cowboy fan and watched mNy stars end their careers or move on from cowboys. Seeing the likes of novachek, moose, aikman, smith and others leave has prepared most when these tough decisions are made.

  • Earl Robertson

    Ware probably will do pretty good this year in Denver. He will be playing in a 34 and will get to tee off on the qb most of the time. But the year after that he will show his age. Just like the guy says it was a good move to ask him to take a pay cut. Cowboys couldn’t afford what they were paying him and what he was producing. The switch to the 43 hurt him no doubt. So cowboys need to find players that fit the 43 just like they did in 05 they drafted players to fit the 34. In one draft they found 5 guys so if they draft right they can do the same this draft.

  • oneputter

    says the writer who thinks dallas still runs a 3-4!
    ware has not been a difference maker in two seasons, it was time to let him go.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Sessler must have had his head in the sand the last two years to not know about Ware’s mediocre performances the last two years (and that is being generous). Denver’s acquisition of Ware is typical of what Dallas has done in the past and it won’t be long before they will realize it (of course I am assuming their GM won’t continue along this same path like Jerry Jones did for 17 plus years).

  • tyrone

    I not mad ware’s gone I’m mad he wasn’t traded if teams were willing to pay 10 mil a yr theyre willing to make a trade. It could have been a player/player or players types deal. Something cmon Jerry, instead release him and get nothing.

  • deanhighlife

    Great article.

  • NYCowboysFan

    Sessler is delusional. Must have a man crush on Ware. Even Stevie Wonder knows that Ware wasnt worth that kind of money. Jerry wanted to keep him, but Ware refused a pay cut. Only team players would take cuts. True colors came out.