Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware could become a cap casualty.
Ware will count for more than $16 million against the Cowboys salary cap next season. The Cowboys are strapped for cap space. In fact, Dallas is currently projected to be $18.9 million over next year s salary cap, according to spotrac.com.
If Ware isn t open to the possibility of renegotiating his contract, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will consider cutting the superstar defender.
There s no question when you are where we are on the cap, even though we ve had some new cap space added, and you have a defensive player that s your highest paid defensive player, and he hasn t been on the field much the last two years, that has to be considered, Jones said on ESPN s SportsCenter. You can t have it all.
The potential loss of Ware would be a tremendous blow to the Cowboys.
Ware was slowed by injuries in 2013, but he s still one of the games premier pass rushers. Ware has 117 career sacks. Last season was only the second time in his career he finished with less than 10 sacks in a season. The other season was his rookie campaign.
Not only would the Cowboys lose a top pass rusher if Ware is cut, it s another hole the team would have fill on the NFL s worst defense. Dallas already has major needs at defensive tackle, the other defensive end and safety. Without Ware, the entire defensive line will need revamped.
While the possibility exists, it s unlikely the Cowboys will cut Ware. He s too talented and too important to the team.
Jones is simply trying to build leverage in an upcoming contract negotiation, because the Cowboys have to restructure Ware s deal. Over the next four seasons, Ware is schedule to make $14 million or more.
The Cowboys have to address the long-term health of the franchise as it pertains to the salary cap, and it starts with Ware s contract.