The team is interested in getting him to take a pay cut and Ware's not hearing any of it. He realizes teams will be interested in signing him if he hits the open market, says the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Cowboys might be forced to do it given their limited cap space. If they were to cut Ware they would save $7.8 million.
Ware, who turns 32 this year, has had surgery for the second consecutive offseason and had a career-low six sacks in 2013 playing as a defensive end in the Cowboys' 4-3 scheme. Previously he dominated as an outside linebackers in the 3-4 format.
"There's no question when you are where we are on the cap, even though we've had some new cap space added, and you have a defensive player that's your highest paid defensive player, and he hasn't been on the field much the last two years, that has to be considered," Jones said according to the Dallas Morning News. "You can't have it all."
Ware had his worst season in 2013 after moving to defensive end, totaling 6.0 sacks and 40 tackles over 13 games.
Ware is coming off a bad season in which he posted a career-low six sacks. He is scheduled to count $16 million against the cap.
“DeMarcus had a hell of a career but when we’re in the cap situation that we’re in and obviously counting as much as he is obviously you have to look at it along with several others,” the club’s executive vice president, Stephen Jones, told the paper.
The contract extension Terrell Suggs signed with the Ravens could be beneficial to the
The Ravens and Suggs agreed on a contract extension that will significantly lower his $12.8 million salary-cap figure. He was set to make a $7.8 million base salary in the final year of his deal.
Ware is set to make a $12.25 million base salary and count $16.003 million against the cap. He is technically signed through 2017, but the final two years of the contract will void so he will be a free agent after the 2015 season.
The report says the extension the Ravens gave Suggs could serve as something of a blueprint for the Cowboys. Needing salary-cap space, the Cowboys cannot have Ware count $16 million against the cap.
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