The Cowboys are now around a million dollars over the cap after restructuring the deals of Orlando Scandrick, Sean Lee, and Tony Romo. These deals are not as bad as some of the ones made in prior years as each of these players figures into the teams plans for the foreseeable future. In the case of Sean Lee and Tony Romo, these restructures were laid out in the original agreement. So with Dallas being so close to reaching their short-term cap goal, the team will not have to rush a decision on DeMarcus Ware.
Ware’s cap number of 16 million dollars is huge and something is going to have to give in order for him to remain with the team. He is either going to take a pay-cut or he is going to be playing elsewhere. His production, along with his health have dipped in the last couple of years and the Cowboys have a huge decision looming in regards to his future with the team. Cutting him would save the team 7 million big ones, but I am inclined to believe that he is going to be offered a pay reduction. Not an insulting one, but a reduction none-the-less. So it will ultimately be up to Ware on whether he returns or not.
With the Cowboys now in better shape with their cap problems, do they maybe offer Miles Austin a pay-cut as well? Or do they just flat-out release him? If I were the Cowboys I would offer him a 2 million dollar salary, if he does not take it, then I cut him. Even if he has a bad training camp they could cut him then. He could, however, prove to be an asset for this team if he could stay healthy. That’s not going to happen at his current salary and subsequent cap-hit. I firmly believe he is a goner, the draft seems to have a good bounty of receivers.
The biggest issue regarding the release of DeMarcus Ware was time. Dallas had to make sure that they were under the salary cap before the March 11th deadline, it now appears that wont be an issue. The team can now take some time to figure out what to do with the future Hall Of Famer. Time will tell