Jerry Jones: Decison Needs To Be Made On DeMarcus Ware’s Future
The Dallas Cowboys have to take a real hard look at how much star defensive end DeMarcus Ware has left in the tank.
Ware only had six sacks last year and his recent elbow surgery can be added to the lineage of recent injuries he’s suffered in the past few seasons.
He’s due $12 million in 2014 and has a cap figure of $16 million.
Talk around the Cowboys right now centers on what Jerry Jones is going to do in regards to Ware’s future with the Cowboys. Will Ware be asked to take a salary cut?
Would the Cowboys consider cutting Ware and moving on from the situation?
“I don’t want to get into what we want to do there, or what we are likely to do there,” Jones said. “But we have been counting on DeMarcus Ware to be the best player we got on defense. It is tough for him to practice. He hasn’t been able to practice. It’s not that he doesn’t want to practice, it’s just that he hasn’t been able to practice. DeMarcus is paid like the best player on defense. You got to look at a lot of things here. As we evaluate either or, it’s a question of, if not DeMarcus, then who. No one, no one has been a better and is a better Dallas Cowboy than DeMarcus Ware. He has been exemplary in every way. But the facts are in football, when you start not being able to practice and you start not being able to really get your reps, then you can be DeMarcus Ware, who is a Hall of Famer, and get compromised by not being able to do fundamental things to get ready. So I look at that. Those are things you have to look at.”
Jones said no decision has been made and the Cowboys are in no rush to make one.
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“No. Not these issues.” Jones said. Again, I wouldn’t discuss timing because I don’t have a time. Could do it this afternoon. Could do it tomorrow afternoon. Or could do it a week from today, or two weeks from today. But, no, we haven’t thought about it. I’m not planning on visiting with him today, not DeMarcus, not his agent.”