On Tuesday afternoon, the Dallas Cowboys officially released one of the league’s elite pass rusher, DeMarcus Ware.
Ware was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft with the 11th overall pick and has spent all nine of NFL seasons in Dallas.
The two sides could not come to an agreement on some kind of a pay cut and the Cowboys badly wanted cap space.
The Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers are all expected to have interest in Ware.
However, according to David Moore of The Dallas Morning News, Ware still could wind up back in Dallas.
Ware knows to get the sort of contract he expects the offer will likely come in the first few days of free agency. If that offer doesn’t come he has told the Cowboys he would be willing to return. The source said Ware also indicated that before he signs with another team he will inform the Cowboys of the offer.
The club has told the seven-time Pro Bowler they want him on the roster in 2014 but at a base salary significantly less than the $12.25 million he was scheduled to receive.
The source stressed that neither side has ruled out that they will be able to find an acceptable middle ground. Jones acknowledged as much in the release the club issued Tuesday afternoon announcing Ware’s release.
Ware had just 6.0 sacks in 13 games last season, but has 117.0 in his career.