The Dallas Cowboys are in a bad spot as far as the NFL’s salary cap is concerned and they are currently scrambling to get themselves under the cap. They have now reportedly told defensive star DeMarcus Ware they want to keep him, but he will have to rework his contract to stay with the team.
Ware is set to make $12.25 million this season and $13.75 million in 2015. The Cowboys are also apparently asking him to not only rework his deal, but also take a pay-cut so they don’t just wind up in cap trouble again in a few years.
Ware would have to want to stay in Dallas to take a pay-cut and there is no indication that he’s even willing to rework his deal. If he’s not amenable to helping the Cowboys out, there is a relatively good chance he could be released by the team.
The Cowboys entered the offseason at a league-high $18.9 million over the 2014 salary cap. They have already reworked the contracts of Sean Lee, Orlando Scandrick and Tony Romo, but still remain about $1 million over the cap. That’s still a terrible place to be, considering free agency hasn’t even started yet.
Ware will be 32 by the time the 2014 season kicks off. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowler, a four-time first-team All-Pro and was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. He had also didn’t miss a start in his first eight NFL seasons, before missing three games in 2013. But Ware will be entering his 10th NFL season in 2014 and his production has tapered over the past two seasons.
During his career, Ware has arguably been Dallas’ best player. But the NFL is a business and there’s very little room for sentimentality.
I think Ware can still play but he’s obviously not the guy he used to be. I think he’ll be smart enough to rework his deal and stay with the Cowboys.