The Dallas Cowboys decided they want to sign some free agents this offseason and the only way to clear any room to do so was to release their all-time sack leader. According to ESPN on March 11, the Cowboys released DeMarcus Ware, the best defensive player on the team for the last decade.
By releasing Ware on the first day of free agency, they freed up $7.4 million in cap money, giving them close to $10 million to spend.
This is a sad day because Ware has done everything in his power to help the Cowboys sign free agents over the past few years. Despite being the best player on the team – offense or defense – in 2011, he took under $1 million in base salary so Dallas could try to field a winning team. That season, Ware finished with 19.5 sacks.
The Cowboys promised him they would make it up down the line and repaid him by dropping him today.
What is sad is that Dallas had no other choice. He was due $16.003 million this year with a cap hit of $12.25 million. By dropping him, they can sign two or three players for the money they saved by letting him go. Injuries are the reason Dallas is letting him go, although he has only missed two games in his entire career. The problem is that he had only six sacks last season and 11.5 the season before.
DeMarcus Ware leaves the Dallas Cowboys with a team high 117 sacks over his nine year career.