DeMarcus Ware is disputing the logic that he’s in decline. Elite players usually have a longer shelf life. But he is in his ninth season. This is the second straight season Ware has dealt with long-term injuries during a season. So the question has to be asked.
The last elite pass rusher I had the pleasure of covering was Tampa Bay’s Simeon Rice. At age 31 Rice had 14 sacks in 15 games. The next year Rice played half the season before suffering a shoulder injury and had just two sacks. He was never the same. The Bucs released him the next offseason and Rice played for two teams in his final NFL season, recording one sack.
I’m not saying Ware faces the same fate. But all great players go into decline. Some do it slowly. Some do it without warning. Given the money the Cowboys have tied up in Ware, they had better pray it’s a slow decline.