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DMN: Moore: Restructuring DeMarcus Ware's contract is Cowboys' trickiest off-season deal

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  1. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Moore: Restructuring DeMarcus Ware's contract is Cowboys' trickiest off-season deal
    Cowboys beat writer David Moore answered questions in a chat Tuesday. Here are some highlights.

    Question: In your opinion what is necessary to changed the culture of the cowboys, and what would you do if you were the Cowboys GM?

    David Moore: First of all, if I were the GM it would me I'm a member of the Jones family. I doubt anyone in the Jones family wants that to happen. But let's say for a moment that it did. I really do believe this team has made strides in its approach to the draft in recent seasons. I'm not as dubious there about their ability to produce quality classes going forward as others. What I would do is stop rewarding the franchise's quality players in their 30s with contracts that make it difficult to fill out the roster the way it needs to be addressed down the road. Jones, in my opinion, has tied his hands behind his back in this regard. And rather than setting aside a significant amount of my payroll to devote to star players, I would take a little from that pile and move it over to the other pile to develop depth.

    Question: Is there anyway the Cowboys can trade Romo?

    David Moore: What do you get in return? Who will take on the contract? You are never going to get close to value for him. Coming off two backs surgeries in nine months, you're not going to get anything close to value. Romo will be with the Cowboys next season.

    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.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/da...ract-is-cowboys-trickiest-off-season-deal.ece
  2. SDCowboy85

    SDCowboy85 Well-Known Member

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    I still think it's time to move on from Ware. I can't imagine him taking enough of a pay cut to make keeping him worth it, IMO.
  3. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    This will be difficult for both sides
  4. mahoneybill

    mahoneybill Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Any possibility of cut in salary, but able to make it up by performance bonus . Puts him in a reality position of showing he wants to help
    team, and feels he can still perform to a level to earn the pure dollars he thinks he worth.
  5. Toruk_Makto

    Toruk_Makto Well-Known Member

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    I hope he takes a pay cut and I hope he satys healthy. Hope. Hope. Hope.

    It's all we have at this point.
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  6. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

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    its like defending mediocrity, well im done with it, cut him and move on.
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  7. SDCowboy85

    SDCowboy85 Well-Known Member

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    This. It's beyond pay. A pay cut does not make someone play better.
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  8. BigStar

    BigStar Stop chasing

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    I agree, with a D this poor, there is no reason to cling to aging talent.
  9. Toruk_Makto

    Toruk_Makto Well-Known Member

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    So now Ware is a bum.

    I am glad nobody on these boards is a GM.
  10. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Agree. Why can't they ever just move on? In New England, he would be gone and there would be no questions or surprises involved.
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  11. ShiningStar

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    because you stand for mediocrity, the rest of us are done with it. Even if the replacement cant put up the sacks, if they can rotate in and get the job done at half the price and less the injury status, im all for it. I dont need a pro bowler, i just want to get the job done.
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  12. SDCowboy85

    SDCowboy85 Well-Known Member

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    Who said he is a bum? The guy is a HOF'er but at some point, it's time to move on from all players. The time for that with Ware, is likely now. That doesn't make him a bum.
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  13. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    Everybody is tired of watching him get b-slapped by scrub OTs week in and week out.....................he is done.
  14. Toruk_Makto

    Toruk_Makto Well-Known Member

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    I stand for mediocrity? What does that even mean?

    Ware had by some accounts his best camp of his career, started the season strong and then got hurt.

    You have a situation where you have leverage over the guy...you take it...and you hope he can regain form. Ware regaining form is more than just a pro bowler. He is a Hall of Famer. And there have been many DEs who play well, well into their 30s.

    But yes Cutting Ware and then signing mid tier free agents with the 7M you open up is definitely going to improve on mediocrity. Because that makes sense.

    No wait it does not.
  15. SDCowboy85

    SDCowboy85 Well-Known Member

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    No...cutting Ware and drafting who we hope to be his replacement, likely will.
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  16. theSHOW

    theSHOW Benched

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    Ok Maybe we can not get a 5th round pick for DeMarcus...but how about a 7th? Trade or cut? That is the real question.
  17. Toruk_Makto

    Toruk_Makto Well-Known Member

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    Why don't we draft his replacement and let that guy learn from Ware? You don't think that would be helpful?

    Again the best outcome here is ware taking a pay cut, and we draft defensive line help.

    People act like drafting players is a perfect science and we're guaranteed to get a pro bowler if we just cut ware. Just draft a guy and plug him in. Problems solved!
  18. SDCowboy85

    SDCowboy85 Well-Known Member

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    That would have been nice a year or two ago, but at this point, the saving from releasing him far outweighs keeping him, IMO.
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  19. BigStar

    BigStar Stop chasing

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    With how poor this D is, what is the point of keeping Ware @ this point?
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  20. theSHOW

    theSHOW Benched

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    No, cut Ware and get 3 or 4 defensive line players with the saved cash. And lets get some players with a little attitude. Ware used to be a quiet leader so they say. But when his stellar play on the field became semipro level then we had no leader and who could learn from that guy?

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