There is no doubt everyone in Dallas still loves DeMarcus Ware. However, at 31-years-old and having suffered numerous injuries, it has owner, Jerry Jones, thinking the team may be better off without the former All-Pro. On Monday evening, Jones was on Sports Center talking about his seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end.
“There’s no question when you are where we are on the cap, even though we’ve had some new cap space added, and you have a defensive player that’s your highest paid defensive player, and he hasn’t been on the field much the last two years, that has to be considered,” Jones said. “You can’t have it all.”
2013 was Ware’s least productive season on the gridiron since being drafted in 2005. Ware recorded six sacks to go with 40 combined tackles. Not the type of production you like to see from your highest paid, defensive player.
The logic behind this may be quite simple. Either Ware takes a pay cut, or he can potentially end up getting released. The Cowboys are currently in a pinch with the salary cap and Ware will count for $16 million alone. The Cowboys are roughly $20 million over the cap even with the extra space given in 2014.
Cutting Ware could wind up saving the Cowboys $7.4 million. From there, the Cowboys will still have plenty more tough decisions to make.
“He’s had a tough time getting on the practice field because of various injuries,” Jones said. “All of that we have to weigh with how much of that has impacted him for the future as well as where he is in his career and with his age.
“Those are the ingredients in the stew. Now we’ve got to stir it up and see where we’re going. It will be a very difficult call for us because of how much salary cap he uses.”