Should the Dallas Cowboys bring their old friend and franchise sack leader DeMarcus Ware back into the fold this season?
The Dallas Cowboys‘ all-time sack leader DeMarcus Ware will have an interesting test of loyalty this Sunday– either root for the Cowboys, where he spent the first nine seasons in the NFL, or the Denver Broncos, a team he captured his only Super Bowl title with.
Regardless of his current allegiances, could there be a chance Ware once again is bleeding blue and white as a player, and not a fan? It’s certainly not completely out of the question. Especially with Ware’s recent comments.
Although Ware was half-joking during the press conference, he did admit he was “one day away” from joining the Cowboys in the offseason.
"“If Jerry calls me, I’ll answer the phone,” Ware told the Dallas Morning News Wednesday. “…I was one day away from coming back and signing with the Dallas Cowboys. But my body just told me it’s time. It’s time to stop playing. I still have the drive to get out there and the want to play, but you’ve got to think about family, think about what’s important and I just decided it’s time to hang up the cleats and put a suit on.”"
Ware said he’s now focused on being an NFL analyst, much like his former QB Tony Romo. However, it wouldn’t be surprising if Ware got an inch to play, and look to hop on to a contending team. The buzz around NFL circles is that Ware may not be totally done, and could just be waiting to join a team midseason to preserve his body from the rigors of a 16- game season. That line of thinking makes sense, considering Ware’s comments about retirement.
The real question is– would Dallas embrace a return from a sure-fire future member of their Ring of Honor?
Chances, are, they do. If they expressed interest in him earlier in the off-season, they should undoubtedly still be interested in the defensive end. Rod Marinelli’s defensive line is relatively young and inexperienced and could certainly use a mentor like Ware. Additionally, Marinelli likes a deep rotation of ”
Additionally, Marinelli likes a deep rotation of “rushmen”, and Ware could play the role of an occasional third-down rusher. This way, he can work his way up to game-shape, and continue to limit injuries at an advanced age. Essentially, he would be playing the same role Dwight Freeney played for the Atlanta Falcons last year during their Super Bowl run.
This could be a chance for DeMarcus Ware to not only win a second Super Bowl, but do it with the team that drafted him. And Cowboys fans won’t have to worry about his allegiances, anymore.