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DeMarcus Ware gets his big contract

The much-discussed contract extension for Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware has finally arrived.

Fox’s Jay Glazer reports that Ware will receive nearly $40 million guaranteed on a six year deal that can be worth up to $13 million per season.

The Cowboys weren’t under the gun to extend Ware because the absence of a new labor deal in 2010 would have potentially prevented Ware from being an unrestricted free agent next year.

But Ware has been one of the league’s premier defenders since the Cowboys drafted him, and they were smart enough not to risk letting him get away.

The guaranteed money dwarfs the $31.5 million guaranteed Dwight Freeney received two years ago, but comes in just under Albert Haynesworth’s $41 million guaranteed. The structure of Ware’s contract, however, may give him a better chance of nearing the end of his contract.  We’ll have to wait for those details.

Glazer reports that the deal has been verbally agreed to, but still needs league approval. 

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39 Responses to “DeMarcus Ware gets his big contract”
  1. kravon says: Oct 26, 2009 3:03 PM

    Now we see how much the Panthers are over paying for Peppers.

  2. twinkletoes says: Oct 26, 2009 3:09 PM

    Ouch… imagine what Peppers is gonna get, wherever he ends up.

  3. Levito says: Oct 26, 2009 3:10 PM

    He hasn’t quite earned it so far this year, but even so, the Cowboys had to do it. The guys a player for sure.

  4. va4daboys says: Oct 26, 2009 3:11 PM

    About time Jerry spent his money wisely. Not another “Roy Williams” contract. (2 Roy Williams that weren’t worth their contracts.

  5. Brooklyn Eagle says: Oct 26, 2009 3:20 PM

    DeMarcus Ware was paid based on how many times Troy Aikman lovingly said his name on Sunday’s broadcast.

  6. Hap says: Oct 26, 2009 3:34 PM

    Worth it by far if the other highly paids are worth theirs. He got some credible sources vote as Best Player in NFL. I can’t remember who-SI or Sportn News perhaps. It was credible source. Cool head and dependable and smart.

  7. Cubano says: Oct 26, 2009 3:36 PM

    Chalk up another great move by that crafty Snake Oil Salesman in Big D! This just in……..Dan Snyder is on the floor of his office in the fetal position screaming for Vinny Cerrato to “move Zorn’s office to the downstairs storage room B NOW!!!!”

  8. sim448 says: Oct 26, 2009 3:42 PM

    this guy can play, and he is light years ahead of julius peppers, because ware does it every year, not every other like peppers.

  9. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 26, 2009 4:08 PM

    Per Cowboy tradition, it’s now time for Ware to underachieve!

  10. LATRELL843 says: Oct 26, 2009 4:11 PM

    DAMN JERRY!!!! first 300 MILL stadium, then a 16 MILL jumbo tron, and now $40 MIll for Demarcus Ware!!!!!!! whew, them JONES boys have a whole damn forest full of dough $$$$$$

  11. LCCJ says: Oct 26, 2009 4:17 PM

    Beast of the NFC East!

  12. NFLJunkie says: Oct 26, 2009 4:18 PM

    Whoever talks bad about this extension is a HATER……period.
    This guy has been nothing but a class act since he entered the league and has played better as the years progress. Yeah this year he has started slow, but he has 4 sacks in the last two games…..with a fracture on his foot. Not to mention the amount of double teams that he sees now.
    Don’t even compare Julius “take plays and years off” Peppers to Ware. Like a said, anybody hating on this move is a hater themselves.

  13. Bill In DC says: Oct 26, 2009 4:18 PM

    Good for him. Ware deserves the money. Now Dallas can save the franchise tag for Miles Austin. Given how he’s playing I don’t think a 1 &3 tender will keep teams from signing him .

  14. patswin says: Oct 26, 2009 4:24 PM

    good business is to pay a player in your system! anyone how breaks the bank for players like Peppers, Haynesworth and so on over pay and may not fit
    hope BB doesn’t go after Peppers pay Wilfork and others on the team as they always do

  15. SlaveToBankers says: Oct 26, 2009 4:32 PM

    Jerry always overpays. Now let’s just see if Ware will continue to play at a high level after big squirrel got his nut.
    Meanwhile, elsewhere, Dan Snyder is pulling a “Play-Now/George Costanza” redux, hiding all of Zorn’s staplers and paperclips, changing the locks on his office door, and opening up the use of his personal restroom to the rest of the staff, including Larry the custodian, who suffers from IBS yet eats chipolte every day. Come on Li’l Danny, show a little class for once. Just pay off the contract, you cheap ass.

  16. troll_aikman8 says: Oct 26, 2009 4:41 PM

    This is a bargain.

  17. SteelCurtnDee says: Oct 26, 2009 4:48 PM

    Good move by Dallas.
    Ware is a beast… but he’s no James Harrison :)

  18. troll_aikman8 says: Oct 26, 2009 5:08 PM

    He has 40 million reasons not to kill himself

  19. VoxVeritas says: Oct 26, 2009 5:17 PM

    “Per Cowboy tradition, it’s now time for Ware to underachieve!”
    Jevon Kearse? Darren Howard? Donte Stallworth? Takeo Spikes?

  20. VoxVeritas says: Oct 26, 2009 5:18 PM

    “Ware is a beast… but he’s no James Harrison :)”
    Damn right he’s not. It takes a special kind of turd to beat a woman.

  21. Sasquash says: Oct 26, 2009 5:22 PM

    I hate to say it, (being a Eagles fan)but good move keeping a Bill Parcels guy. Who knows if he became a FA he may have ended up in Miami. To bad for cowgirls fans that this doesn’t make you any better. But I doubt it will take another decade to win a playoff game, but you never know. Sometimes I think the Cowgirls make some sense with moves like this.Then they make a move for an overrated wr. Atleast with A.Miles you have a wr and you still have your draft for next season. Is anyone as soft Roy Marshmellow Williams?

  22. Mike Vick, Pet Detective says: Oct 26, 2009 5:25 PM

    He’s no James Harrison? What, he doesn’t use steroids?

  23. Grulks says: Oct 26, 2009 5:30 PM

    SlaveToBankers says:
    Jerry always overpays.
    According to whom, you? So far, he’s overpaid for Roy Williams. BFD. You’re bound to make a few mistakes as a GM/Owner. The general consensus around the league is that JJ has done some pretty good things for the Cowboys franchise, as well as the rest of the league. That is according to the league and the owners. If they really thought otherwise, JJ wouldn’t be on some of the league committee’s, would he? Love him or hate him, JJ is one of the more astute business men in the NFL. You don’t get to be that way by “always overpaying”. I’ll take the leagues opinion on JJ over an anonymous internet poster who hates all day long.
    SteelCurtnDee:
    You’re right. Ware is an upgrade 2x over Harrison.
    JH Career tackles/sacks: 360/36.5 over
    DW Career: 321/57.5
    And Ware has 12 fewer games :)

  24. Gordon-Geico-Gekko says: Oct 26, 2009 5:43 PM

    # VoxVeritas says: October 26, 2009 5:18 PM
    “Ware is a beast… but he’s no James Harrison :)
    Damn right he’s not. It takes a special kind of turd to beat a woman…”
    At least he has a woman, hand lotion boy.

  25. CriticalD says: Oct 26, 2009 5:58 PM

    Sasquash says:
    October 26, 2009 5:22 PM
    “I hate to say it, (being a Eagles fan)but good move keeping a Bill Parcels guy.”
    Um, he is not a ‘Parcells’ Guy’. Parcells wanted to draft Marcus Spears in that slot (and got his wish about 9 slots later at #20 overall. Spears is a joke.
    Bobby Carpenter, Stephen Peterman, Jacob Rogers…all Parcells’ guys.
    Parcells did not want Ware.
    You can have Bill Parcells.

  26. Obeah says: Oct 26, 2009 6:01 PM

    Ware will be to damn rich to go out on the field and bust his balls each Sunday.

  27. SlaveToBankers says: Oct 26, 2009 6:12 PM

    an anonymous internet poster says:
    October 26, 2009 5:30 PM
    “…he’s overpaid for Roy Williams.”

    Yeah, that’s another excellent example.

  28. howiseeit says: Oct 26, 2009 6:53 PM

    He was drafted by Parcells, so yes, he is a Parcells guy…so was Spears, and Romo and Barber and Witten. You can compare any of his draft classes to 2009 and tell me who wins. Ware deserves what he got.

  29. VoxVeritas says: Oct 26, 2009 7:08 PM

    “At least he has a woman, hand lotion boy.”
    Only because he’s got a lot of money. Otherwise he’d have to settle for a female of his own species. Or your mom.

  30. Katmanduu says: Oct 26, 2009 7:48 PM

    Ware is not close to being the all-around defender that James Harrison is. Plus, Harrison has 2 rings.
    The only way Ware gets two rings is if he goes to Shaws Jewelers and buys them, or he gets traded to the Steelers…..which will never happen because they already have two better LBs.
    Truth hurts Cowgirl fans, don’t it??

  31. db3300 says: Oct 26, 2009 7:57 PM

    “DeMarcus Ware was paid based on how many times Troy Aikman lovingly said his name on Sunday’s broadcast. ”
    One problem with that, Einstein. The deal was reported and on the Cowboys website before the Atlanta game. Try again.
    On that note…
    “Who knows if he became a FA he may have ended up in Miami.”
    Ware was repeatedly reported as not caring much for Parcells and not unhappy when he left.

  32. Gordon-Geico-Gekko says: Oct 26, 2009 8:09 PM

    just another high-priced player on a team going nowhere…

  33. FloriosHairHat says: Oct 26, 2009 8:19 PM

    $40 to Ware sounds about right, unlike the $67.5 Jerry the idiot wasted on Gomer.

  34. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Oct 26, 2009 8:39 PM

    Wade Phillips was quoted as saying this guy’s a special player like (Reggie White & Bruce Smith). Statements like this idiot one. Is again proof that Wade Is an idiot who needs to get crapped caned. No matter how much the Cowgirls want to build this guy up. HE’LL NEVER BE THE PLAYER THE 2 MENTIONED ABOVE WERE. NEVER!

  35. Ocelot138 says: Oct 27, 2009 12:57 AM

    “Per Cowboy tradition, it’s now time for Ware to underachieve!”
    He was getting a head start on that this season before the details of the contract were even worked out.
    And watch out, Gordon-Geico-Gecko, if you make fun of Vox he’ll threaten to sue you! Boo hoo hoo.

  36. dladd08 says: Oct 27, 2009 1:20 AM

    “Ware is not close to being the all-around defender that James Harrison is. Plus, Harrison has 2 rings.
    The only way Ware gets two rings is if he goes to Shaws Jewelers and buys them, or he gets traded to the Steelers…..which will never happen because they already have two better LBs.
    Truth hurts Cowgirl fans, don’t it??”
    What a bias clown you are. You and your mom were both shocked when DeMarcus didn’t win defensive MVP last year..I would take DeMarcus over a James Harrison any day of the week. Yes you are a sucka and your “Steelhers” do have some rings, but saying that James Harrison is better than Ware or even on the same level. sounds like you need to watch more football!

  37. dladd08 says: Oct 27, 2009 1:36 AM

    “Good move by Dallas.
    Ware is a beast… but he’s no James Harrison :)”
    Ware would be better than a James Harrison on HGH! James i’ll beat a biatch’s ass Harrison since really 2004 has 36.5 career sacks to Ware’s 57.5 since 2005. One less playing(starting) season in the league and 21 more sacks.
    But to part-time football fans James is on the same level as Demarcus. I bet James himself wouldn’t support your drug addict comments…GET OFF THE DOPE!!!

  38. dladd08 says: Oct 27, 2009 2:01 AM

    Ross’sSweetMinus says:
    “Wade Phillips was quoted as saying this guy’s a special player like (Reggie White & Bruce Smith). Statements like this idiot one. Is again proof that Wade Is an idiot who needs to get crapped caned. No matter how much the Cowgirls want to build this guy up. HE’LL NEVER BE THE PLAYER THE 2 MENTIONED ABOVE WERE. NEVER!”
    Ross’sSweetMinus is another IDIOT herself making comments just because….
    Have you ever watched any tape on D. WARE. The guy has the sacks for Wade to say he’s special like anybody. To this point in his career WARE is the TRUTH, and should be for some time…
    Bruce Smith: After 4years in the league 44.5 sacks
    Reggie White: after 4years in the league an amazing 60 sacks
    A very comparable to this point DeMarcus Ware had 53.5 sacks after 4 years in the league. Just because you may have had a BAD day don’t HATE on DeMarcus because he had a good one!

  39. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Oct 27, 2009 12:39 PM

    Hey dladd08 your a Douche bag. The Cowboys will make no presence again this year.

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