The Dallas News had a question from a reader and when the question posed was asked about DeMarcus Ware’s contract situation, the Dallas News reporter David Moore, was quick to clarify that D-Ware stated he would do whatever it took to help the team, but would not take a pay cut.
Question: D Ware is not playing up to his contract dollars. Will he give up some of the money to stay in Dallas or does he go? If he is released he will not sign for the kind of money he is now making, in my opinion. I peg a contract with a new team in the 5 million range for one year, what do you think?
David Moore: When asked in the moments after the loss to Philadelphia if he would take a pay cut, Ware said he would do what was needed to help the team. He came back on Monday and clarified, saying while he’s happy to move money around in his contract – as he has done in past season – he did not say he was willing to take a pay cut. Restructuring his contract to provide salary cap relief while paying him a wage more in line with his current level of performance will be the trickiest contract negotiation the Cowboys will have this offseason. I know the team can create $7.4 million in cap space by cutting Ware if the two sides are unable to reach a compromise, but I don’t think either side wants that to happen. And while Ware would likely be willing to take less than the $12.25 million in base salary he’s set to receiver in 2014, the question is how much less? I can’t envision a scenario where he’s be willing to drop all the way down to $5 million unless he got more guaranteed money in a bonus.
It will be interesting to see what the Cowboys do with Ware, because they need all the cap money they can get to improve their defense.