Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dallas Cowboys release defensive end DeMarcus Ware

The Dallas Cowboys released defensive end DeMarcus Ware Tuesday as the NFL Free Agency kicks off the 2014 season.
The seven-time Pro Bowler was set to make $16 million against the cap and wouldn't budge to a pay cut to stay with the franchise. He is the all-time leader in sacks for the club and is second only to Jared Allen in that category since entering the NFL in 2005.  The decision was a tough but inevitable one for owner Jerry Jones, who says the team is open to bringing back Ware after he tests the market. The de facto leader of the defense brought an emotional edge to the defense and was a menace on opposing quarterbacks.
However, his play has declined since 2010 as he has battled numerous injuries and Father Time. There is no doubt that suitors will line up for Ware's services but which team is willing to pay his asking price? As for the Cowboys, the move saves them $7.5 million in cap space and will continue to do team evaluations as the free agency period progresses. In addition, it puts them in the right direction to fix a defense that among the worst in the NFL last season and cost the Cowboys numerous wins because of their inability to hold double-digit leads in the fourth quarter. The Dallas Cowboys have the 16th overall pick in the May 8 NFL Draft.