By cutting DeMarcus Ware, the Dallas Cowboys may have shifted the paradigm of how they look at aging players. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones could be accused of holding onto veteran players too long out of loyalty or out of hope they could reclaim some of their former glory.
Too often, he saddled the team with dead cap space linked to a contract for a player that wasn’t producing. You could put together a Pro Bowl-level team of those players. But if there’s one player you’re going to hang onto too long, given his production, it’s Ware, right? I mean, he is the Cowboys’ all-time sack leader.
Nope, not this time. Jones made a hard decision. The Cowboys were already under the salary cap by at least $1 million. They could have simply restructured Ware’s deal, deferred the salary cap pain down the line as they’ve done so often, and moved ahead with Jones telling us that Ware is going to be what he once was in 2014.
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