It looks like we could finally be reaching the end of the DeMarcus Ware contract saga, that's if anonymous sources are correct. The word going around now is that the decision on Ware will be made by the start of free agency which is Tuesday, March 11th at 4 PM EST. Basically, one day away as this article is being written.
The working relationship between the Dallas Cowboys and DeMarcus Ware could be decided by the time free agency begins on Tuesday, according to sources.
According to a source, the Cowboys have had consistent negotiations with Ware on a reworked contract after the team let the seven-time Pro Bowler know last week they want him back in 2014 but not with a $12.25 million base salary.
Besides the information about the timing of a decision, what is particularly interesting about that statement is that the Cowboys have had "consistent negotiations" with Ware on a reworked contract. I don't think you could have consistent negotiations if both sides aren't participating, so that leads one to believe that Ware is at least thinking about taking some kind of pay cut. If you are in the camp that wants Ware to stay a Cowboys, that's at least something to grasp.
So why would Dallas be ready to decide Ware's future by tomorrow even though they are under the cap? They might be thinking about a couple of their own.
The Cowboys could free up more salary cap space by reworking a new deal with defensive end DeMarcus Ware or cutting him. Releasing Ware would save the Cowboys $7.4 million against the cap... The Cowboys have been moving toward a reworked deal for Ware, but nothing is in place yet and the possibility of the club cutting Ware still remains.
What happens with Ware plays a big role in what the Cowboys can do to bring back [Jason] Hatcher and/or [Anthony] Spencer. Once that domino falls, other pieces should begin to move. Hatcher, coming off a career-high 11 sacks, is being pursued by several teams. Spencer, who played in only one game for the Cowboys last season, is still recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, but he’s also attracted interest from other teams.