Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: DeMarcus Ware A Cap Casualty?

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Speculation abounds about Ware's status with the team, Kyle Orton's job looks safe, and the 2014 salary cap could end up higher than expected.

Five big names who could end up salary-cap casualties - NFL.com
Dan Hanzus puts the chances of the Cowboys cutting DeMarcus ware at 50%.

The Cowboys are still a better defense with Ware on the edge, but a team edging into salary-cap hell might find it hard to hold on to an aging pass rusher due $12.25 million next season. Ware is not open to a pay cut, but would restructure his current deal, which has two years and $26 million remaining.

2014 NFL Draft Team Needs: Edge Rusher Breakdown - Optimum Scouting
Pass-rushing is a valuable skill, and a bevy of pass rushers can be one of the most important assets a team has. Optimum Scouting looks at which teams will be looking for two starters, one starter or depth among their edge defenders in the 2014 offseason. Unlike NFL.com, they don't think DeMarcus Ware is going anywhere, and therefore have the Cowboys listed as 'only' needing "Insurance on the Edge":

Anthony Spencer’s return from injury won’t mean much for the Cowboys as he’ll hit the market, but Demarcus Ware should be able to work with George Selvie (or Everette Brown if he jumps the depth chart) to produce pressure. Selvie is a fine player, but he won’t grab headlines and he could very well have topped out. It’s not much of a gamble to stick with Selvie if they can’t keep Spencer, but it still represents the kind of risk that warrants attention.

Pickings are slim at veteran quarterback, as usual | ProFootballTalk
PFT takes a look at the available free agent quarterbacks, most of whom will become backups somewhere, and after reviewing the list, Cowboys fans give silent thanks that Kyle Orton is the backup in Dallas.

Mel Kiper Jr. says safety class not deep - ESPN
Kiper lists Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor as the top two safeties, followed a little later by Northern Illinois' Jimmy Ward.

"Jimmy is an outstanding playmaker," ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. "He's not a big safety, but he fits today's NFL with his coverage ability and he makes so many impact plays. He could go second or third round, but he's going to be a fast riser. I like him. [The safety class] is not tremendously deep. You could argue he's the third best safety."

Positional changes in store for some combine invitees - NFL.com
Under-the-radar combine storylines include several players working out at unfamiliar positions and some small-school prospects performing on the big NFL stage.

NFL cap could reach $130 million | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
At the NFL Owners Meeting in December, the league informed teams that the salary cap for 2014 was expected to be $126.3 million per team. But that may no longer be true, opines Rich Tandler:

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, that is a low estimate so that teams can begin to draw up their budgets for the season. The final number is still being calculated and is subject to some more negotiation. It is possible that the salary cap could come close to $130 million.

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