It’s unclear whether the Cowboys will cut defensive end DeMarcus Ware, whether he’ll restructure his contract by taking less money, or whether both sides will proceed with Ware earning $12.25 million in base salary this season, along with a $500,000 workout bonus.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, a resolution is expected soon. Ideally, it’ll come by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Cutting Ware with a post-June 1 designation would result in $3.25375 million in dead money for 2014, along with another $5.31775 million in 2015. Cutting Ware without the post-June 1 designation would result in $8.5715 million hitting the cap in 2014.
Either way, $12.75 million in cash would be avoided. A post-June 1 designation would create precisely that amount of cap space. Otherwise, the move clears $7.43225 million.
But here’s the catch. Ware’s full salary and workout bonus will remain on the books until June 1, resulting in the Cowboys getting no cap relief until June 1, at which time $12.75 million would appear. The challenge for the Cowboys would be to find a way to participate in free agency with Ware still counting for $16 million until June.