Dallas Cowboys are in serious trouble and they have the off-season to sort out some of the issues that are plaguing their franchise.
Jerry Jones is the man at the helm of the Cowboys organisation in more ways than one, as he is the simultaneous owner and general manager.
This can cause all sorts of problems for the Cowboys as Jones sometimes is unable to see the clear picture.
Ever the optimist, Jones seems to have finally taken a look in the mirror and assessed what may need to be done to rescue Dallas from salary cap oblivion.
Jerry has now taken the steps to actually considering the removal of some of the Cowboys highest paid stars.
In an interview this week the Dallas owner revealed that he has thought about releasing or trading powerful Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
"First of all, you can't have it all. Going back when I first got involved with the Cowboys, I was getting out of my plane into a five year old Bronco," Jones told ESPN.
"That's the way it is. You can't have a plane unless you're willing to travel around in the a five-year old Bronco. And at the Cowboys we have some of those types of decisions to make this off-season.
"With DeMarcus we have to weigh up how much his injuries have impacted on how good he will be in the future.
"It will be a very difficult call for us because of how much salary cap he uses."
The Cowboys are around $21 million over the salary cap, so with Ware scheduled to earn in the region of $16 million next season, cutting him would get rid of a significant 7.4 million of the cap, according to NFL.com.
Removing arguably the best defender from a team that was last in total defense in the NFL last season is somewhat of a risky move.
However, the Cowboys are almost at the stage that sees them go for broke with nothing to lose.
The sooner that they reassess their cap responsibilities, the better they will be in the future.
If Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks are anything to look at, then the Cowboys need to be cleverer with their draft picks and issuing of cap space if they are to be a force in the near future.
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