Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) in action against the Green Bay Packers at AT

Dallas Cowboys Under Pressure: Demarcus Ware


Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) rushes the passer against Oakland Raiders tackle Tony Pashos (79) during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT

Demarcus Ware had a down season, his production was down and he also missed his first games (3) due to injury.  Ware is signed through 2015 but the cap-stricken Cowboys have some tough decisions to make, especially regarding Ware.  The team could save 7 million of cap space but cutting him, Ware has said that he is open to restructuring but I have yet to hear a player have a problem with that.  Restructuring usual means less money for the player up-front while making it more costly to cut that player down the road.  The Cowboys need to avoid this scenario and out-right cut Demarcus Ware.

It is hard not to love how Demarcus Ware goes about doing his job. His attitude and work ethic are top notch but he tends to disappear at crucial junctures of games and seasons.  My argument here is that if you remove Demarcus Ware from this squad it won’t cost them any wins.  That’s what this is about, the cap situation and getting over the 8-8 hump.  Sure you lose a Hall-of-Famer and a leader but he’s not that player anymore. Ware wasn’t just taken out of games by double-teams, he had several games where he was dominated by one player.

His body has been letting him down, he has paid his dues and been rewarded for it.  I do not think that he is finished completely, he could easily have a rebound year next year.  If the Cowboys were in a better cap siuation he should definetly return, however that is not the case.

The Cowboys have some hard-line decisions to make and they start with what to do with Ware

Up Next: Jason Garrett/Tony Romo

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Ware

  • JoeDaBeast

    Writers that talk about outright cutting D-Ware losing tons of credibility with me.

    “His attitude and work ethic are top notch but he tends to disappear at crucial junctures of games and seasons.”

    You can not be talking anymore than the last two seasons. If you are, then show your research/information. If you are not, then you’re dealing with a knee jerk reaction to the team’s situation and D-Ware’s production. With the potential of Hatcher leaving for big bucks, this team needs some type of stability and leadership on this defense.

  • Scott.

    The nfl is a what have you done for me lately. In the last two seasons he has 17.5 sacks, 6 this year. His body has worn down and he is often injured and when he is not he is being handled by a single blocker ( contributed to an article Calvin Watkins wrote). He needs to take a substantial paycut or the organization should cut ties and eventually put him in the ring of honor.

  • Chesney Blair

    Cut him! Just like when the 30′s something defenders fleece Jerry, he should cut them out when it is time. This is a business decision. Spencer, Ware, Austin out. Hatcher if he gets the big bucks elsewhere out, and sign Henry Melton, draft Donaldson, another dt/de in the draft along with possible safety and ol.

    • Scott.

      He is a local kid but with 2 alcohol arrest since 07 and coming off acl injury, I hope the screen him well. Not real concerned about his alcohol related arrest but wasn’t real concerned with josh Brent either until he killed his best friend.

      • Chesney Blair

        Yes I am aware of his Texas bar related arrest. Hopefully we can get him cheap and he checks out OK.