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Last week, owner Jerry Jones implied on ESPN's SportsCenter (via The Dallas Morning News) that the Cowboys could cut veteran defensive end DeMarcus Ware. Said Jones:
He's had a tough time getting on the practice field because of various injuries. All of that we have to weigh with how much of that has impacted him for the future as well as where he is in his career and with his age.
Those are the ingredients in the stew. Now we've got to stir it up and see where we're going. It will be a very difficult call for us because of how much salary cap he uses.
If Ware refuses to take a pay cut, the truth is that Dallas will have almost no choice but to release him. But Ware and his agent know that, and they know that he has little chance of staying in Dallas without redoing his contract. The two sides can work things out so it benefits both parties.
The fact that Jones has been so public about the Cowboys' willingness to cut Ware suggests the team doesn't really want to do it but wants to flex its strength here. The Cowboys have all the leverage in this situation, and if they were really going to cut Ware without trying to restructure his deal, Jones probably wouldn't be talking.
The Cowboys want the best deal possible, so they're talking as if they could let go of Ware so that he's willing to take a pay reduction. He'll be out of Dallas if he doesn't, but he knows that, so chances are he'll be playing for the Cowboys in 2014.