DeMarcus Ware gets elbow fixed, contract still an issue


Medically at least, we now know what to expect from Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware.

According to Todd Archer of, Ware had surgery on his right elbow, and is expected to be back at full strength before the start of the offseason program.

The elbow had bothered him the past two seasons, but every expectation is he’ll be fine moving forward. It was one of several problems he had last year, along with a quadriceps strain that cost him three games and parts of others, as he was held to a career-low 6.0 sacks.

The remaining question is what the Cowboys do with his contract.

He’s scheduled to count $16 million against the salary cap, and make $12.25 million this year. With Terrell Suggs re-working his deal with the Ravens this week, it would be reasonable for the Cowboys to try to adjust Ware’s numbers downward as well. But as of this week, there had been no such talks.

The 31-year-old struggled with the adjustment to a 4-3 defense as well as the injuries last year, and the Cowboys are nearing the time when they might have to make a hard decision with Ware.

6 responses to “DeMarcus Ware gets elbow fixed, contract still an issue

  1. The elbow is all fixed now so sign Ware to a big contract right? Not so fast!

    That approach is how Jerry Jones got in the salary cap mess he is in now. Fact is Ware wasn’t very productive in the new 4-3 defense and no one really knows if he will stay healthy after signing a big contract.

    Proceed with caution.

  2. Not that 31 is old, but at what point does a team say good-by to an aging super-star? The player is paid for his accomplishments he did in the past, yet the fan-base would revolt if he were to be cut.

  3. Tony got the cash … DeMarcus gets the door. There’s just not enough to go ’round. C’est la vie.

  4. Not worth 16mil. Cowboys shouldn’t look to rework his deal. They should be looking to trade or release him. Great-full for what he’s done for the franchise but his time has come. When Romo got his deal Ware said “it was time to show up”. that included him. Last time I checked the cowboys had the 5th highest scoring offense in the league. The defense ranked 32nd. Looks like Ware didn’t get his own memo

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