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Trade D Ware Now

Blasphemy! Absurd! Ridiculous! $#%@*!

Don't get me wrong, Demarcus Ware has been a great player for the Cowboys for many years now, an intimidating force, makes QB wet their pants and lose sleep, a sure-fire first-ballot hall of famer, maybe the best pure pass rusher since LT, so why on Earth would the Cowboys get rid of him? In the words of comedian Kevin Nealon:

"This is a business, it's not UNICEF."

The fact of the matter is that, Demarcus Ware is starting to decline (as well as his trade value)while his salary continues to accelerate. The Cowboys are facing imminent salary cap hell, and are destined to meet their maker sooner rather than later. Pushing current year dollars to future years has been the strategy to circumvent the cap for years now, but it's no longer a sustainable solution. Per a recent ESPN report, the Cowboys are projected to be $31M over the 2014 salary cap. They can save nickles and dimes here and there by cutting Bernadeau, Orton, Parnell, restructure some contracts and maybe come close to the cap, but something has gotta give. They need to take one big chunk out of the number because the future of the franchise become FA after 2014: Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, and Bruce Carter.

Yes, keeping Demarcus Ware would be a great luxury to have, but it's simply one that the Cowboys can no longer afford. Per spotrac.com: Ware's 2014 cap hit is $16M in 2014 and $17.5M in the all-too-important 2015. I understand he has been banged up, but his sack numbers are starting to follow the general downward trend for aging pash rushers. He had 19.5 in 2011, 11.5 in 2012 and is on pace for 8 in 2013 (assuming he doesn't play vs Detroit.) He also has said publicly that he has been getting "tired" and has only been playing fewer snaps since battling the opposing team's best lineman on every down in the 4-3 is more physically taxing than his role in the 3-4 where he would drop into coverage more. So the question is: "Do we really want to hold onto an aging veteran who is a shell of his former self and mortgage the future of the franchise?"

I say no. Post your disagreements below.

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