Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) smiles while on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat St. Louis Rams 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: 6 potential landing spots for DeMarcus Ware

One of the biggest stories on Tuesday is the decision made by the Dallas Cowboys to part ways with the franchise’s all-time sack leader in DeMarcus Ware who is now a free agent. He carried a $16 million cap number and will be 32 this season, so after battling injuries the past two seasons and making a position change, the two parted ways.

There figures to be no shortage of suitors for Ware who has had double-digit sacks every year of his career except for his rookie year when he had eight and this year when he had six in 13 games, and MMQB’s Greg Bedard writes that as many as six teams could be ideal fits for Ware.

“It appeared that some of Ware’s issues had to do with the conversion from 3-4 outside linebacker to a 4-3 end. The transition is not as easy as one would think, especially for a player who had spent eight seasons training his body to be a standup linebacker. Ware should find himself a landing spot that allows him to get back to standing up full-time on the outside. Among the teams that could give him that opportunity: the Falcons, Jets, Browns, Texans, Saints and Chargers. Ware, at his age, is a starter who needs some relief but is still better than being just a role player, at least for a couple more years.”

Tags: 2014 NFL Free Agency Atlanta Falcons Cleveland Browns Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware Houston Texans New Orleans Saints New York Jets San Diego Chargers

  • SmartThinking

    From what I’ve ascertained from all the reads, it looks like Ware backed big Jones and Garrett into a corner by forcing them to make a decision on his status by the start of Free Agency.. Hmmm. I wonder if Ware may have had Jay Ratliff’s departure on his mind when he pulled the pin with the Joneses?

    In addition to the obvious cap savings, this could be good for Dallas or it could be bad for Dallas. By making this move, it appears to me the Dallas braintrust is planning a Round 1 DE or DT draft and a Round 2 DT or DE.

    The next month or so’s events should be very interesting for this team. My personal hope is someone has control of big Jones so he doesn’t see all those dollar signs from Ware’s release and go off and draft some TE or QB in the first round when the defensive line needs have just gotten significantly more acute.

    Maybe Garrett can hit him in the shoulder with a shot of Thorzine at the appropriate time so this team doesn’t get more boogered up than it already is.

  • blackroseMD1

    I’d love to see my Chargers sign him. We’re pretty up against the cap though.

  • Nick Mansoor

    We’ve got way too many old pas rushers on this team