NFL rumors: DeMarcus Ware doesn’t want to take pay cut


The Dallas Cowboys defensive unit is continuously one of the most disappointing in the league, but they do have one of the most feared pass rushers currently in the NFL thanks to defensive end DeMarcus Ware.

However, because of a salary cap mess that has become a yearly story line, the team is asking Ware to take a pay cut.

That doesn’t look like it will be happening.

Ware, who is set to earn a $12.25 million in base salary in 2014, doesn’t want to take a pay cut. His full cap figure is $16 million.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill states that while a pay cut isn’t something the perennial Pro Bowler wants to pursue, he will sit down with the Cowboys and listen to their ideas.

Dallas desperately needs to clear space under the salary cap, so cutting Ware becomes a real possibility if he does not agree to the pay cut. Releasing Ware would save the Cowboys $7.8 million. If he hits the open market, he would likely be a huge commodity.

This is going to be an interesting situation to watch play out, because Ware could end up being one of the biggest names available in free agency.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware

  • Chesney Blair

    Tough. If he thinks a team will pay him 16 million dollars a year show him the door. Ware has to be more flexible and realistic. He got some guaranteed money(5 million) as signing bonus just last year. How much more money does he want? I suppose after Romo’s inane contract everyone is out to fleece the pocket of a owner who doesn’t have a clue on how to run a team. He just paid 37.5 million dollars in two years to Tony Romo.

    • Old Frog

      If Ware still has $8.5 million guaranteed on his contract then all he needs if cut is for another team to offer him 2 years with $16 million guaranteed and he is in essence getting $24 million for two more years of football. Seems like however this thing goes down, Ware can make more money by getting cut so cutting him could be best thing for everybody. I’m pretty sure his agent is shopping around even as we speak.

      • Chesney Blair

        I stand correct he is due 12.5 million but his cap hit is 16. Regardless do you thing he can find anywhere that will pay him 16 million guaranteed for two years? Yes I would like to see a team who does that.

        • Old Frog

          There are those that think he’s worth $6-8 million a year to Dallas so yes, he might get it somewhere else but the point I was trying to make is it’s in his best interest to be cut. Even if he only gets 2 years with $12 million guaranteed, when you add that to the $8.5 guarantee that Jones will owe him, he walks with a great deal. Unless I’m wrong about that $8.5 million, he will make much more money being cut and signing with another team than he could staying in Dallas. I’m sure he and his agent are all over this and Jerry is over a barrel if he wants to keep Ware.

          • Chesney Blair

            I think you are wrong about guaranteed money due to him. He’s already collected his signing bonus and his base salary in the years that he played in. Why do you think he is seeking a restructured contract which would guarantee more money to him? That is why he wants to restructure his contract by turning base money into upfront signing bonus money like he did last year.

          • Old Frog

            I think that’s why people say cutting Ware only saves $7.5 million of cap space, because the remaining $8.5 million of the $16 million cap number is the guaranteed portion of next year’s $12.5 million salary.

            Read this and the comments. If I’m wrong then so is this article which, of course, is entirely possible:

            http://thelandryhat.com/2014/03/07/ware-tear-case-cut-cowboys-cornerstone/

          • Chesney Blair

            Yes I see thanks. Regardless though they probably count that 8.5 million as gone already. So what they are giving him is on top of that.

            But I think you and the writer are right. He might be better off elsewhere. I just don’t think he will get more than what the Boys offer him.

          • Old Frog

            I’m sure his agent is thinking about it right now. He’s trying to figure out how much guaranteed money he can get from another team whether it’s a one, two, or three year deal and when he adds that to the $8.5 million guaranteed, that’s probably close to the number Jerry has to come up with to keep Ware in Dallas, otherwise Jerry is paying him $8.5 million to play somewhere else. I think Ware has all the leverage here. That said the cap hit is huge and could force Jerry to let him go.

  • Cowboys420

    Cowboys need to keep ware and cut tony romo, ware makes some awsome plays happen on defense tony romo is over rated and over payed hes a chock artist im a die hard cowboys fan butt I wouldnt pay for no tony romo jersey I bought a ware jersey

    • Chesney Blair

      They are both overpaid. Ware has been out of sight out of mind for the last 1.5 years. Which highlights you speak of? The six sacks in sixteen games last year or where the Redskins were running at him in the last game of the season the year before? Maybe it is not him. He is simply too small to play DE in a 4-3 scheme. One thing is for sure he is getting older, getting more injured, and is not making plays so for him to say I don’t want to take a pay cut but willing to take more guaranteed money is a joke. Go shop around elsewhere and see what you can get. I do appreciate what Ware has done for this franchise but maybe it is time to move on for both parties.

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      Where were those awesome plays last year? Ware was no more than a mediocre player last year. If he and several other players had played up to their “hipped” expectations the defense would not have been one of the worst in the league. He played against two rookie offensive linemen last year and still did not make an impact. Is that worth 12.25 Million in 2014? I don’t think so.

  • Old Frog

    I think this Ware drama has got to be disconcerting for the locker room. How ever Jerry decides to proceed will be perceived as a precedent by all the players; current and future, about how the Cowboys conduct their business. Hopefully the days of overpaying older stars for past performance are coming to an end but we’ll have to wait and see. Would be interesting to hear what other players, particularly younger ones, think about the situation. For all we know they might say it’s just business and an owner has got to do what he’s got to do. On the other hand, players like Bryant might think they need to demand more guaranteed money.

    • Chesney Blair

      How can it be disconcerting for the locker room? OTAs haven’t even started yet OF? Lol.

      • Old Frog

        Geez. I wasn’t talking about the locker room literally, rather universally that the other players and their agents are all watching this development closely and however it plays out is likely to make an impression and potentially impact future negotiations.

        • Chesney Blair

          Well that is too late. If you are talking about setting bad examples with contract negotiations JJ has been doing that with Barber, Austin, Ratliff, Spencer and Romo. The list goes on.

          • Old Frog

            Agreed. Those are bad contracts but this could be different. In each of those cases Jerry overpaid and the player benefitted. The players and agents are watching to see if he continues to do that with Ware or changes his Modus Operendi regarding the way he does business now and in the future.