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New deal coming for DeMarcus?

Though, ideally, NFL teams are focused on more pressing matters three days before the first real game of the year, there aren’t many more pressing matters for the Dallas Cowboys than finding a way to keep linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

Ware’s rookie contract expires after the season, and Ware’s agent was in town on Thursday to talk about a new deal.

Per Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News, Pat Dye met with Stephen Jones for “a few hours” regarding Ware’s long-term tenure with the team.

“It was very,
very cordial,” Dye said.  “They made some significant moves in certain
components of the contract, and we made some significant moves on
certain components of the contract.  I think it was a very constructive
discussion, but until you reach a result or have a result, how do you
measure progress?”

Actually, the mere fact that the Cowboys are willing to talk is an encouraging sign, given that the absence of a new labor deal by March 1 will convert 2010 into an uncapped year — and will in turn prevent Ware from becoming an unrestricted free agent.  So the Cowboys could have chosen to wait and see what happens. 

The other reality at work here is that it might be easier to pay Ware what he wants at the start of the uncapped year, since any contract signed this year would have to fit within the confines of the team’s remaining cap room — and it would also have to comply with the rule limiting contract growth from a capped year to an uncapped year.

Still, teams have been finding ways to pay whatever they want to pay for the guys they really want to keep since the current free agency system was adopted.  Of all owners, Jerry Jones knows how to get what he wants.

If/when Ware re-signs, Jerry also should send a basket of premium meats and/or cheeses to Dolphins V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells.  The Tuna wisely selected Ware instead of Shawne Merriman, who initially appeared to be the far superior player but who, with the passage of time, has proven to be a step or two below Ware.

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16 Responses to “New deal coming for DeMarcus?”
  1. Bill In DC says: Sep 11, 2009 6:39 AM

    “The Tuna wisely selected Ware instead of Shawne Merriman”…
    This is stunningly bad reporting Mr Florio. In fact Merriman was NEVER a consideration and it was Jerry that forced the selection of Ware over Spears, the player Parcells wanted to take at that spot. Parcells was adamant that Spears was the better player and Jerry overruled him.
    “there aren’t many more pressing matters for the Dallas Cowboys than finding a way to keep linebacker DeMarcus Ware.”
    Dallas isn’t going to ‘lose’ DeMarcus Ware. in 2010, if he isn’t signed, they will make him the exclusive rights franchise player (ala Julius Peppers this season) since it will be an uncapped year, the 20mil that will take is no big deal. Dallas is not going to tag him as an restricted free agent, any team would be more than happy to cough up a 1 & 3 for Ware.

  2. JAG says: Sep 11, 2009 6:41 AM

    “The Tuna wisely selected Ware instead of Shawne Merriman, who initially appeared to be the far superior player but who, with the passage of time, has proven to be a step or two below Ware.”
    Actually, The Tuna wanted to select DE Marcus Spears with Dallas’ first first round pick (#12 I believe), but Jerry Jones overruled him. So he should thank himself.

  3. Atlanta Love says: Sep 11, 2009 6:43 AM

    Whatever happens the Cowboys can’t afford to let the anchor of their defense go. Period.

  4. FBGeek77 says: Sep 11, 2009 6:46 AM

    Anyone wanna make a prediction on how many sacks Ware will record this season as well as the number of bogus offsides will be called against him, since he’s so darn fast off the ball?

  5. DallCowboyR1 says: Sep 11, 2009 6:53 AM

    Wrong!!!!
    Parcells wanted to draft DE, Marcus Spears with the 11th pick in the 2005 draft.
    Jones overruled Parcells and drafted LB, DeMarcus Ware!
    The thinking was Ware and Merriman were the two top Pass Rusher in the draft. The likely hood those to would slip pick #20 was unlikely.
    So THE COWBOYS selected Ware over Merriman & hoped Spears would be there at pick #20!
    It worked, Cowboys landed the two players they wanted in the ’05 Draft!
    TOO much credit is given to Parcells!
    How about this gem! 2003 Draft, 2nd rd., Jason Witten on the board. Parcells opts for C, Al Johnson.
    Cowboys get lucky as Witten is still on the board in the 3rd rd.
    What a mistake that was. The Cowboys wanted to use the 2nd rd. pick on Witten, but sided with New Head Coach Parcells.

  6. rjs says: Sep 11, 2009 7:12 AM

    Florio, you are the worst writer in all of sports. Do you actually do any research whatsoever or do you just post what you’d like to be true.

  7. Fike Mlorio says: Sep 11, 2009 7:48 AM

    they should give him a giant tv screen for a signing bonus

  8. MagicSoccerSpray says: Sep 11, 2009 8:03 AM

    It was (Asst. GM) Jeff Ireland and (scout) Tom Ciskowski who convinced Jerry and Parcells to go with Ware, not Jerry alone.

  9. dakotah says: Sep 11, 2009 8:22 AM

    I keep hearing these claims that Jerry Jones forced Parcells to take Ware before Spears and I have to wonder if theres any proof? Whenever anyone talks about what a smart drafter JJ is, I think back to picks like Shante Carver and Kavika Pittman. It just doesn’t add up for me.

  10. sooner says: Sep 11, 2009 9:30 AM

    Send him a basket with Barbie Carpenter (and his woobie so he doesn’t cry).

  11. FBGeek77 says: Sep 11, 2009 9:45 AM

    Fike Mlorio says:
    September 11, 2009 7:48 AM
    they should give him a giant tv screen for a signing bonus
    ========
    That was funny :)

  12. DallCowboyR1 says: Sep 11, 2009 9:45 AM

    The Cowboys Listen to there scouts. Jerry does not go in there and point at a name on the wall and goes with it.
    He listens to his scouts and Coaches (Head, OC, DC, ST)! Also Stephen Jones is in on the decisons.
    They come to a decision. If a decision can’t be reached within the times limits of the draft.
    Jerry has the final say……….
    So if a debate went on about Ware and Merriman & it was 50/50 in the room.
    Jerry makes the call!
    If a 50/50 was the case in 2005. Jerry drafted Ware!
    But I have no idea that was the case.
    I assumed everyone was on board with the drafting of Ware. I know I was!!!

  13. Hap says: Sep 11, 2009 10:52 AM

    Anybody else pick up on Costas trying to stir turds re: Cowboy Stadium scoreboard/video screen ? It was very cheap !

  14. Roynp3 says: Sep 11, 2009 12:12 PM

    I think it’s unfair to say Ware is superior to Merriman at this point. Merriman has played well in every season, with the exception of last year when he was injured. Ware’s play really only started to pick up when Merriman’s old defensive coordinator (Wade Phillips) became his head coach. Phillips may be a bum of a HC, but he cab coach the 3-4 defense..

  15. AirlineGuy says: Sep 11, 2009 1:24 PM

    Roynp3 says:
    I think it’s unfair to say Ware is superior to Merriman at this point. Merriman has played well in every season, with the exception of last year when he was injured. Ware’s play really only started to pick up when Merriman’s old defensive coordinator (Wade Phillips) became his head coach.
    ***************************
    Are you kidding me? Let’s see, Ware has been a standup guy since the day he showed up. Shawne has been suspended for steroids, the center of the whole lights out dance BS, and now brings domestic abuse allegations into the locker room. Ware has shown up, done his job better than almost every other LB, and kept his nose clean.
    Ware was also a BEAST before Wade showed up, so try that one again, too.
    With your revisionist history, I would swear you are just another screen name for that moron that tried to convince everyone that Jerry built Texas Stadium with a crowned field for a competitive advantage.

  16. EskinSux says: Sep 12, 2009 12:02 AM

    As the immortal Frank Burns once penned……”Demarcus Where’?….

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