DeMarcus Ware hints he would take pay cut to stay with Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware capped off a disappointing season on Sunday night with no sacks and just four tackles in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to this year, Ware had not registered less than 11 sacks in a season since he was a rookie in 2005. The 31-year-old has been one of the best pass rushers in the game, and his contract reflects that.
In 2014, Ware is scheduled to make a base salary of $12.2 million plus a $500,000 workout bonus. As it stands, his total cap hit for 2014 would be $16 million. After Dallas was eliminated from the playoffs, Ware hinted he would be open to taking a pay cut.
“At the end of the day, I’m a team player,” he said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “I’ll do what I need to do to help the team.”
Watkins pointed out that the Cowboys are scheduled to enter the 2014 season $31 million over the salary cap, so they will likely have to get creative. It seems unlikely that the team would cut Ware, but the former first-round pick said it is a possibility he has considered.
“I think about it sometimes, but that’s sort of the last thing on my mind,” he said. “I’ve just got to get my body right for whatever opportunities await me.”
Ware should have two or three more seasons left in his football prime, so he still has value to the Cowboys. However, he battled a number of injuries in 2013 and did not look like a $12 million player. He may wind up paying for that this offseason.