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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