Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware could be let go by the Cowboys if his injury problems continue, with the powerful player set for elbow surgery on February 18th.
Ware will count for more than $16 million against the Cowboys salary cap in 2014, which acts as another massive gamble for Jerry Jones considering Ware been struggling injuries for the past two seasons.
According to ESPN Dallas he plans to participate in most of the team's offseason workouts, but the Cowboys main man admits the injury has been causing him a lot of pain.
"It's hurt really bad and that's why I would wear an elbow pad to stop from getting it hit but that didn't do much. It would get irritated even when it was barely touched." Ware said.
Ware has been playing with this problem for the past two years, but it got worse in the 2013 preseason and caused problems all last season.
He had the lowest sack total of his career with six last season, only two years after he managed 19.5. He was also bothered by a quadriceps injury and back problems in 2013.
The Cowboys would be out of pocket by $8 million if they release Ware, but when do injuries become so bad that you have to look at the worst scenario?
Saving the rest of the money might be the best option if Dallas are worried about his health. Either way, Ware is hopeful of a full recovery.
"Rest helped it," Ware said. "I'm getting my work in. I'm pushing up 315, 405 (pounds) and I'm doing everything, running. My body feels great. Straight up, it feels really, really good."
As the off-season rolls on we will see what the Cowboys next move will be.