Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball against Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus ware (94) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Ware Had to Go and Jerry Jones had to be a GM

December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claps while standing on the field prior to the Cowboys game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was a sad, but necessary, day in Cowboy Nation.  Jerry Jones’ most notable draft pick and Dallas Cowboys sack leader, DeMarcus Ware, is no longer a Cowboy. That seems weird saying. We knew this was a possibility but we also knew Jerry Jones was always loyal to a fault. He always overpays his old guys. Who really saw this coming? Who thought Jerry Jones would actually act like a…a…GM?

I’ll save you the career synopsis. Everyone knows what Ware has done for this franchise. Let’s just say he has been simply brilliant. And he may even continue that brilliance at his next stop. Who knows – in the right scheme and used correctly he could be a force once again.

The Cowboys just didn’t have the luxury of waiting around to see if that would happen. $16M was just too much to pay for a “maybe”. After years and years of mismanagement, the Cowboys found themselves against the cap with needs absolutely everywhere. They had a couple players that could have still renegotiated their deals (Witten and Carr), but Jerry didn’t want to keep kicking the can on his older/higher risk players. Wow. That’s actually another smart move by the Cowboy’s GM.

So without money to fill the holes they approached Ware. They asked him to take a reduced salary (details unsure at this time but rest assured they will be made public at some point) because of his reduced performance. No agreement was made so Ware rides off into the free agent sunset.


Now the Cowboys are armed with an extra $7.4M to use to fill other holes. Whether they use the money wisely or not remains to be seen. Today is about bidding Ware a respectful farewell.

Thanks for the memories buddy. Now who wants to buy my DeMarcus Ware jersey? I’ll throw in a slightly used Marion Barber jersey for free!

This is just the nature of the business. People shouldn’t hold it against DeMarcus for refusing a pay cut nor should they hold it against Jerry for cutting him. Both parties acted in their own best interests (somewhere Ayn Rand is smiling).

Good job, Jerry. And good luck, DeMarcus…

Note: It looks like the Broncos are frontrunners for Ware’s services. That may be perfect fit for him too. The Broncos are often playing with a lead, forcing opponents to pass. That bodes well for a pass-rusher like DeMarcus. The fact is, the chances of Ware going back to Dallas are slim to none.

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  • ctcowboy1968

    As fans, we don’t like losing a great player like Ware, but JJ did the right thing here for the organization. Hopefully, JJ has come to his senses and will fix the cap issues and stop creating these huge contract messes in the first place. Cutting Miles was a no brainer. Cutting Ware sends a message to the players that no one is financially bigger than the team.

    • Reid Hanson


  • Draftmane

    Great Job Jerry!

  • SmartThinking

    Let’s wipe away our crocodile tears and view this train wreck from another angle, shall we?

    Despite all that Ware has been to this organization, his last two, even three seasons, have been a significant disappointment for Dallas in terms of his production, or lack thereof. Blame age. Blame injuries. Call it the improvement of the competition. Whatever you call it, Ware wasn’t cutting it. And he sure wasn’t worth the $12.1M he was destined to get from this team when the odds were better than 50% he wouldn’t make the entire season … again.

    But here’s the real problem. It didn’t have to happen. Jerry Jones put this team in its current Cap predicament with his terrible mismanagement and continual year-in and-year-out postponement of the huge salaries he ineptly paid to guys like Ware who stopped producing three years ago. View Ware as collateral damage. And, if you’re gonna blame somebody, point your wrinkled middle finger at big Jones.

    We’re all reading these teary-eyed stories about Jones having a tough day having to make the tough call to cut Ware. Balderdash! It’s not hard to fire somebody, especially when they have it coming. Ware had it coming. And, I’ll remind you all again, Jones is the first one to puff out his less than substantial chest and tell you he’s the guy that makes the decisions. It’s all on him, he tells you. Then, he’s the guy to give players like Ware and Austin the Chop when it’s time for them to go.

    If Ware bounces back, I say, Great! But I’m much more inclined to pinpoint my interest at seeing that Dallas, as a team, bounces back. They’re the real ones I care about. And this team has so many people, like Jones, working so, so hard to see that they’ll remain just mediocre!

    • Reid Hanson

      I don’t think that’s really “another angle” from where we at here. That’s essentially the same way most people are looking at it. Sure some sportswriters are acting like this is an absolute travesty but most see the situation for what it is – Jerry Jones delivering large contracts to aging players over the years has hurt the franchise. Aging and underperforming players cannot be protected (Ware for example). Living by the harsh truths of business is something we all must deal with. Ware is nothing special in this regard. I refuse to feel sad for a player who makes millions of dollars, has a great family, and is moving to a better opportunity (and millions of more dollars)! But emotions can still be sincere and don’t have to be crocodile tears. What I tried to illustrate was this:

      1. The situation is Jerry’s fault (without harping too much on the obvious)

      2. Ware underperformed and was overpaid

      3. Ware had to go

      4. Ware deserves our respect and appreciation as he departs for bigger and better.

      5. No pity for Jerry in this. He only finally did what a GM is supposed to do.

  • Earl Robertson

    I hate Jerry way of doing things but I also want it to succeed. Because I know wishing things will change is a waste of time! So at least now I’m glad that finally Jones isn’t hurting the team by giving out huge contracts to players over 30! Hatcher I hope goes to another team and so do I hope Spencer! Use the money on young players who are not injured prone

    • Reid Hanson