The battle between the Dallas Cowboys and star pass rusher DeMarcus Ware has been ugly lately.
The Cowboys have been making moves, like the restructuring of quarterback Tony Romo’s contract, in an attempt to better navigate the salary cap and one of the moves they hope to make is reducing Ware’s pay.
Ware is scheduled make just under $13 million in 2014 and over $14 million in 2015 as long as he hits his workout bonuses, which give him an additional $500, 000 each season.
Although the Cowboys releasing Ware over this issue is a very real possibility, they hope the two sides can come to an agreement according to ESPN.com’s Todd Archer.
The Cowboys have simply restructured his contract in past years to create salary cap space, but they are not as willing to chew up salary-cap space in the future on Ware, who turns 32 in July and had six sacks in 2013. The question then becomes how much of a cut in pay would Ware be willing to accept, and how could the team structure a new deal in a way for Ware to possibly make up the difference in money through incentives.
The Baltimore Ravens recently signed Terrell Suggs to a four-year extension that included $16 million in the first two years of the deal with him entering the final season of his contract. The Cowboys, needing about $1 million to get under the cap, do not have to touch Ware’s contract to be cap compliant by March 11.
Ware, who has 117 sacks in his career, had just 40 tackles and six sacks in 13 games last season.