Cowboys Want Ware To Take Pay Cut

THURSDAY, 4:58pm: Ware is open to listening to the Cowboys’ proposal, but will be reluctant to shave too much money off his salary, a source tells Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. If Ware doesn’t accept a pay cut and the Cowboys cut him, the veteran pass rusher expects to draw plenty of interest in free agency.

TUESDAY, 5:04pm: The Cowboys contacted DeMarcus Ware today to let him know they definitely wanted to keep him, but not at $13MM per year, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (via Twitter). As it stands, Ware would account for a $16MM cap hit in 2014 and is owed $26MM in total between ’14 and ’15.

Ware, once among the NFL’s elite front seven personnel, is on the verge of turning 32 and isn’t the type of game-changing talent that he once was. The linebacker-turned-defensive end is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a four-time First-Team All-Pro, but he clearly lost a step in 2013. As Andrew Cohen of OverTheCap explains, the Cowboys could theoretically keep Ware on board with his current contract thanks to the┬áSean Lee, Orlando Scandrick, and Tony Romo contract adjustments putting them right around the ~$133MM cap limit. However, it would make much more sense for Dallas to shave a bit off of his deal and put that cash to better use elsewhere.

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