Aug 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 12-7. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
What happened to DeMarcus Ware?
This is the question I’ve been asking myself for awhile now, and honestly it upsets me to do so.
I remember the day he was drafted. I didn’t really know who the guy was, and to be truthful was very surprised that the Dallas Cowboys would use a first round pick on a guy from Troy. Where the heck is Troy anyways?
To make a long story short, DeMarcus Ware has more than made a fool out of me, but not only that, he has become one of my favorite Cowboys of all time.
The man has all but earned a spot in the Hall of Fame, not to mention he has solidified himself as one of the most dominant pass rushers in recent NFL history, if not all football history.
So what happened?
The last two years he’s been very injury prone, at times looks lost (see 2012 Redskin games), and if I’m being very sincere, often disappears completely from games.
I think the most upsetting part about it all is that it’s clear he’s more than putting in the effort, but does he have it anymore?
The days of Ware challenging Michael Strahan for the single season sack record are more than likely done. Nowadays it seems like we are just hoping for decent production from him.
Let’s be honest, years of throwing your body into men tipping the scale at upwards of 320 pounds added to an aging body is just a recipe for decline. Ware has easily earned his money and has more than earned that star on his helmet, but is it time to part ways with him?
It might be blasphemous for me to say this, but leaving the Dallas Cowboys might just be the last great thing he does for the team. In all reality, he’s not the pass rusher he once was, but at this moment in time he is still very valuable on the trade market. We continue to talk about getting out of these salary cap handcuffs, so why not start now?
I do not claim to be a draft savant so I won’t venture to guess what kind of draft picks we could get for Ware, but I will step out on a limb and assume he would definitely draw some interest. What better way to escape those handcuffs than removing a huge cap number off the books and bringing in young, fresh talent at a low price.
As much as it hurts me to say it Ware seems to be on the decline and is not the answer to a defense that is darn near close to useless. Now is the time to take advantage of the worth of DeMarcus Ware and move on.
Ware will finish this season as a Cowboy and once March 12 hits I would think the front office should strongly start considering their options with him.
For what he’s done none of you can begin to fathom how much I want to be wrong.
Hey who knows, maybe the once dominant pass rusher will find those legs that led him from being an unknown at Troy to the best in the league once more.
I sure hope he can make a fool out of me one more time.