The internet and the social media outlets are buzzing with the news of the Dallas Cowboys releasing their all time sack leader and future Ring of Honor member DeMarcus Ware. The Cowboys wanted DeMarcus to redo his current contract and take a significant pay cut and reportedly Ware refused to do so the Cowboys organization had no choice but to release him since the two parties could not come to some form of agreement.
Ware was scheduled to make 12.25 million dollars this year and with his release the Cowboys will receive around 7.4 million dollars in salary cap space but they will also have eight million dollars in dead money as a result.
An empty parking spot at Valley Ranch. Never easy for anyone involved but it's nature of the business. pic.twitter.com/hk6khRXbVI— Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) March 11, 2014
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released this statement via the Ft. Worth Star Telegram:
"A decision like this, involving a man who is a cornerstone player in the history of your franchise, is extremely difficult.
“After meeting this afternoon, DeMarcus and I agreed on an understanding that would allow him to explore the options he will have for the 2014 season and beyond. We were also in very strong agreement that playing for the Dallas Cowboys would be one of the options we would both be exploring.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport that OLB/DE DeMarcus Ware already has at least six playoffs team interested in obtaining his services for the upcoming season.
How much interest has DeMarcus Ware received? Six playoff teams have called. He’d like to move quickly if possible.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014