The Dallas Cowboys and DeMarcus Ware have decisions to make. His contract is scheduled to net $12.25 million in base salary in 2014. The contract that he signed in 2009 is outlined below.
- YEAR BASE S. BONUS MISC. CAP HIT DEAD
- 2009: 6,005,000 4,000,000 1,790,000 11,795,000 –
- 2010: 7,800,000 4,000,000 – 11,800,000 –
- 2011: 685,000 4,000,000 1,803,000 6,488,000 –
- 2012: 825,000 4,000,000 2,721,750 7,546,750 –
- 2013: 840,000 4,000,000 3,252,443 8,092,443 15,825,250
- 2014: 12,250,000 – 3,753,750 16,003,750 8,571,500
- 2015: 13,750,000 – 3,753,750 17,503,750 5,317,750
- 2016: 13,000,000 – 1,032,000 14,032,000 2,064,000
- 2017: 13,000,000 – 1,032,000 14,032,000 1,032,000
As you can see, DeMarcus Ware has been playing for a very small base salary the last 3 years: especially when considering how good he has been. You can’t even question the last two years when he struggled with injury because his base salary was about 825K and 840K respectively. Ware’s thoughts are probably that he’s been playing his heart out, has given the team everything he as for veteran minimum, and deserves to be paid. I understand why he won’t take a pay cut to this extent. Outside of the first two years of the contract he hasn’t been paid accordingly in my mind or his I’m sure. Just a couple of years ago he got 19.5 sacks, was arguably the best OLB in all the NFL, and his pay for that year was a mere 685K. Did you hear anything coming out of Ware about his pay vs his production?
In my mind, DeMarcus Ware has given everything he has and as much as he could for the team. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s one of the leaders on the team, and not just the defense. Also, he would do everything and anything to win. Yes he’s been hurt the last two years. The question becomes: can he come back and have a solid year if they limit his snaps during the season? Yes, he does need to really put in the work in the off season and get himself in the best shape of his life. If they limit his snaps, there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll produce another double digit sack season.
Jerry Jones point of view:
DeMarcus Ware has given everything he has and the Cowboys want to keep him around, but, and it’s a big but, DeMarcus Ware’s been injured the last two years, and is getting older. D. Ware won’t be the player he once was or even close, so we need to cut his salary. I’m sure Jerry Jones knows what D. Ware can get in the open market if the Dallas Cowboys cut him, and it won’t be the 12 mil he’s scheduled to make this year. D. Ware would most likely get about $5 mil a year from another team or around the avg salary. Knowing how loyal Jerry Jones is to the players and to this point there can be no debate. He wants to keep DeMarcus and pay him a fair salary. Jerry paying DeMarcus 5 mil a year is a fair salary. I would restructure his deal, pay him a nice signing bonus and make it a 3 year deal worth about $5 mil a year. Because of the contract that was originally signed, there’s going to be some dead money sometime, but if it can be cut to $5 mil in 2 or 3 years I can live with that.
This really is one of the toughest contracts I’ve seen the Dallas Cowboys have had to deal with in a long time, if not ever. Sure there have been other contracts that were tough to deal with, but none of them included the player that DeMarcus Ware has been for the Dallas Cowboys. It’s a tough decision to make, and a hard one. Both sides need to give. The Dallas Cowboys need to pay him a fair salary for his service to the team, and then Ware needs to give Ã‚Â because he’s getting older and not the player he once was. I’m sure Ware is thinking that he’ll be back next year and fully healthy and able to earn the 12 mil that he’s scheduled to make.
The Cowboys don’t think he’ll be the player he once was or there wouldn’t even be a discussion about his salary. What if DeMarcusWare gets injured? Who’s going to take his place on the team if they cut him? I’m just glad I’m not Jerry Jones or DeMarcus Ware’s agent. I’m glad I’m not in this pickle. My hope is that they find a way to work this out. The Dallas Cowboys can ill afford to lose DeMarcus now. They suffered numerous injuries on the defensive line last year and lack little talent or depth on the defensive line. Its hard to replace a player that produces the way that DeMarcus does and even tougher when you went through 20 defensive linemen the previous year.