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Ware: 'Put up or shut up' time for Romo

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08:07 AM ET 04.05 | Linebacker DeMarcus Ware took the occasion of a radio interview Thursday to discuss changing defensive coordinators, offseason moves and Tony Romo's recent extension, which came in at six years and $108 million through 2019. On Tony Romo's extension: "I feel like everybody is deserving to whatever is given to him, but at the end of the day, to me it's put up or shut up. I'm just being straight-up honest with you. Get out there and be productive, and that's with any player. Whatever they get, they're deserving of it. You just got to get out there and play and I know he can be and will be the quarterback that is going to be the quarterback that is going to take us to the next level."

The Dallas Morning News

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April 5, 2013  08:10 AM ET

I'd be satisfied with just "shut up."

April 5, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Consider the gauntlet thrown, Mr. Romo.

April 5, 2013  08:35 AM ET

If he's being paid to spout incomprehensible gibberish, DeMarcus Ware is earning every penny.

April 5, 2013  08:42 AM ET

The never asked him the big question: " What do you think of JJ as your GM?"

April 5, 2013  09:04 AM ET

"... and that's with any player ... whatever they get, they're deserving of it"

BULL****!!! You're ALL grossly overpaid!

April 5, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Why should Romo (with his shiny new contract) care what Ware says?

As a Giant Fan, I will say "Tony... You're doing great. Keep up the good work" :-)

April 5, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"... and that's with any player ... whatever they get, they're deserving of it"BULL****!!! You're ALL grossly overpaid!

Would you prefer the owners and front office people share more in the profit? Who do you go to , or watch , a game to see? JJ, an accountant? If players made less, do you think for one minute prices to the consumer would go down?

April 5, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Team Unity and Spirit!!!!

April 5, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If players made less, do you think for one minute prices to the consumer would go down

No, but I think the quality of the game might improve if the dollars were spread around a bit more. Monster salaries for marquee players make it hard to build a balanced team.

That, and I'd like to see the guys who bang heads all day and end up with broccoli for brains when they're 52 get a bit more for their short careers.

April 5, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

No, but I think the quality of the game might improve if the dollars were spread around a bit more. Monster salaries for marquee players make it hard to build a balanced team.That, and I'd like to see the guys who bang heads all day and end up with broccoli for brains when they're 52 get a bit more for their short careers.

True: There is a side here that fans over look as they focus on those highly paid marquee players:

Since the new CBA was put in to place salaries/contracts ( the players) have taken a 12% cut in pay as the cap was reduced from $136 million to $121 million. Where did that money go?

The owners received a 100% increase in revenue off the top as the first billion from the 9+ billion now approaching $10 billion in total revenue was doubled to $2 billion off the top paid to owners.

Don't look at the frosting, look at the cake.

April 5, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Nice...callling out the quarterback! Many think he is a "great" or "good' quarteback but even his own team mates know he hasn't performed up to expectations. No where to run; no where to hid!

April 5, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

True: There is a side here that fans over look as they focus on those highly paid marquee players:Since the new CBA was put in to place salaries/contracts ( the players) have taken a 12% cut in pay as the cap was reduced from $136 million to $121 million. Where did that money go?The owners received a 100% increase in revenue off the top as the first billion from the 9+ billion now approaching $10 billion in total revenue was doubled to $2 billion off the top paid to owners.Don't look at the frosting, look at the cake.

I'm an average guy and I can't afford a ticket anymore.
TV is throwing a ridiculous amount of $$ at the league.
Greed on both sides is ruining the league.

April 5, 2013  10:06 AM ET

I think with Romo it will be more like "put up " interceptions in pressure situations when his team needs him most.

April 5, 2013  10:19 AM ET

romo got his massive payday.... and it will not set well with teammates if his play in pressure games does not improve. with a contract like that comes even more pressure to perform. although he's capable of putting up stats, his poor performances in elimination games will be his legacy. if he can just eliminate the INTs the blame will shift to the team rather than himself.

April 5, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I'm an average guy and I can't afford a ticket anymore.TV is throwing a ridiculous amount of $$ at the league.Greed on both sides is ruining the league.

And yet - there is a study being done by the NFL trying to improve the experience because they fear folks are staying home because of Hi-Def and big screens.

I wonder if ticket prices ever come up in those discussions...

April 5, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I'm an average guy and I can't afford a ticket anymore.TV is throwing a ridiculous amount of $$ at the league.Greed on both sides is ruining the league.

If you feel like this is "ruining" the game, then stop supporting it...Complaining about the game and the money that is being tossed around but then continuing to support the league by watching it on TV(this is why they pay so much for the rights) and then following it and posting comments on boards like this(the more you post, the more hits the site gets, more money...) your just encouraging them to keep it up.

April 5, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"... and that's with any player ... whatever they get, they're deserving of it"BULL****!!! You're ALL grossly overpaid!

Athletes salary worries you so much, why not quit watching sports then.

April 5, 2013  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

And yet - there is a study being done by the NFL trying to improve the experience because they fear folks are staying home because of Hi-Def and big screens. I wonder if ticket prices ever come up in those discussions...

They don't care about us anymore. Their focus is to build/renovate stadiums with more and more luxury seats/boxes. They're going after the corporate customers and "new money" egotists who like to be seen throwing money around. That's why it's so quiet at games sometimes.

April 5, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I wonder if ticket prices ever come up in those discussions...

No, the problem with going to games is the highway system, so cities and states need to pay for road and infrastructure improvements, in addition to the stadiums they are already buying for the owners.

And the beer companies need to water down their beer more and lower prices to the owners, so they can charge more for it and make more money.

 
April 5, 2013  10:40 AM ET

So what is different than the last 3 years. Same old story each year.... time to put up or shut up.... then a raise. Jerry jones is not gong to win any GM ofthe year awards. time for him to step aside and let a real football person in.

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