“A decision like this, involving a man who is a cornerstone player in the history of your franchise, is extremely difficult,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “After meeting this afternoon, DeMarcus and I agreed on an understanding that would allow him to explore the options [that] he will have for the 2014 season, and beyond. We were also in very strong agreement that playing for the Dallas Cowboys would be one of the options we would both be exploring.”
Ware’s release leaves a bitter taste in my mouth because I truly did not want to see him go. I am truly a fan of his, and he will forever be one of my favorite players.
That being said, I understand that in this business, it’s very hard to remain loyal to aging players because of salary cap restrictions and free agency. By releasing Ware, the Cowboys will save $7,432,250 against the cap, but will incur $8,571,500 in dead money, which brings the Cowboys total dead money in 2014 to $20,605,939.
I have given Jones grief about hanging on to players, who are past their prime, but I have to tip my hat to him for the decision to cut Ware. I know that Jones is a “win now” guy, but this move shows that he’s not blind to the fact that his way of doing business hasn’t worked, and that he isn’t doing the franchise any favors by continuing to do business as usual.
I know it’s a hard pill to swallow because Ware is a cornerstone in this franchise’s history, but believe me when I say, “I’d rather lose an aging Ware this year, than have to lose, say a Dez Bryant or a Tyron Smith in their prime because there’s no money.”
It will be awkward not seeing No. 94 wear the star on his helmet, but believe me it will pass. The Cowboys will not miss him, especially not in this 4-3 scheme.