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Cowboys face tricky decision on DeMarcus Ware

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08:52 AM ET 01.18 | How do the Cowboys proceed with DeMarcus Ware? The decision here, more than any other the club makes this off-season, signals whether Jones will take a more pragmatic approach to personnel in these .500 times. Let's get one thing out of the way from the start. The Cowboys will not threaten to cut Ware if he refuses to slice his pay in half. He is not Doug Free. This is where it gets tricky. Ware is one of the stars Jones goes to year in and year out to restructure to ease the team's salary cap crunch. The club has been willing to push Ware's money -- a base of $12.25 million in 2014 -- down the road because he has consistently performed at a high level. Jones can no longer make this assumption.

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January 18, 2014  08:57 AM ET

This is not a team going anywhere except to the Land of Mediocrity where it has been stuck now for 3 years. Time to tear the mess down and rebuild, which means say goodbye to Ware.

January 18, 2014  09:03 AM ET

Say bye-bye.

January 18, 2014  09:04 AM ET

This is a team that has been a BIG mess ever since Jerrah forced Jimmy out of town. The Cowboys will never be relevant until the owner fires the GM and hires one to replace Jason. Dallas needs a head coach that has the knowledge, skill and ability to assemble assets that have the talent and mental toughness to win games in December.

January 18, 2014  09:15 AM ET

It really is about Romo now, isn't it? He gave him that contract and if you believe in him then you have at most a four year window to get to the promised land.

So, you cut all you can NOW, approach the draft knowing you cannot fix everything in one year, plan ahead a bit knowing Dez Bryant will cost you big bucks but you NEED him and go from there.

January 18, 2014  09:28 AM ET

Management by panic! The Dallas 8-8's have some big problems. The kind that a competent GM can guide you through.



Get it?

January 18, 2014  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Management by panic! The Dallas 8-8's have some big problems. The kind that a competent GM can guide you through.Get it?

No..he really doesn't and the media has stopped discussing that topic. JJ is what defines insanity. Keeps doing the same thing but hopes for different results. Not gonna happen.

January 18, 2014  11:13 AM ET

The players all signed that CBA, the cap has barely moved in 3 years, these Veterans are the ones to go to make way for younger, cheaper players. Ware is locking up almost 10% of the cap

January 18, 2014  11:22 AM ET

Nothing tricky about it at all. Release him and give him the freedom to go to a team that gives him a shot at a ring.

January 18, 2014  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nothing tricky about it at all. Release him ...

Yep.

Cowboys have a few young players to build around (Frederick, Tyron, Murray for example) but it's time to let some veterans with big contracts go. Not quite "blow it up" but close. And it's time for a young QB.

January 18, 2014  12:27 PM ET

Not4Nutten Vertan Rule which should be put into effect so a team can keep it's aging players!!!!! A Team will be allowed to designate 3 Players who will on be charge 50 % of Salary towards cap space the catch is they can only use this on the player for 3 Years or cut the player at any time and only be charged 50% of his Salary Cap!!!! The why I'm the Gweeed!!!!!!!!!!

January 18, 2014  01:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

...Not quite "blow it up" but close. And it's time for a young QB.

Real close.

And yes - it's time for new blood at the QB position. In 3 years - it will be mandatory. Maybe sooner.

January 18, 2014  01:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It really is about Romo now, isn't it? He gave him that contract and if you believe in him then you have at most a four year window to get to the promised land.So, you cut all you can NOW, approach the draft knowing you cannot fix everything in one year, plan ahead a bit knowing Dez Bryant will cost you big bucks but you NEED him and go from there.

Bingo.

Anyone who is attempting to say that any issue other than whether or not Tony Romo will ever take another snap in the NFL is Dallas' most pressing concern is on drugs. That's where all the money is tied up and--if healthy--Romo is still better than any option Dallas can try to explore right now. If he can't play, they might as well blow up the team and start over.

January 18, 2014  01:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nothing tricky about it at all. Release him and give him the freedom to go to a team that gives him a shot at a ring.

Bingo

January 18, 2014  02:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Real close. And yes - it's time for new blood at the QB position. In 3 years - it will be mandatory. Maybe sooner.

Some people said at the beginning of the season that with Romo's new $108 million dollar contract that he should be expected to perform as well as Peyton Manning, maybe they thought Romo was capable of going head to head with Manning even after Dallas barely lost to Denver 51-48 . But with Romo's 2nd back surgery and an 8-8 season I guess that proves you don't alway get what you pay for.

January 18, 2014  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Real close. And yes - it's time for new blood at the QB position. In 3 years - it will be mandatory. Maybe sooner.

I seems like Romo has been around forever. Although he has only been around only 1 more year than Eli Manning or Philip Rivers ( 10 ) it seems like he has been around as long as Tom Brady (14 ) or Peyton Manning ( 16 )

January 18, 2014  03:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Real close. And yes - it's time for new blood at the QB position. In 3 years - it will be mandatory. Maybe sooner.

8-8, 8-8, 8-8 sounds about time to me O! Same coaching staff and probably the same players for the most part next season.

January 18, 2014  03:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nothing tricky about it at all. Release him and give him the freedom to go to a team that gives him a shot at a ring.

Question for you. If you could only keep one, would you personally rather keep Hatcher or Ware? Both are about the same age. I ask because it's a distinct possibility.

January 18, 2014  04:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

8-8, 8-8, 8-8 sounds about time to me O! Same coaching staff and probably the same players for the most part next season.

Sometimes 8-8 is good enough to make the playoffs...

January 18, 2014  04:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I seems like Romo has been around forever. Although he has only been around only 1 more year than Eli Manning or Philip Rivers ( 10 ) it seems like he has been around as long as Tom Brady (14 ) or Peyton Manning ( 16 )

Romo only seems to have been around longer because he plays for America's team...

 
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