The Dallas Cowboys are hoping to retain the services of DeMarcus Ware this offseason, but will only do so if the player is willing to take a big pay cut.
Last week reports suggested the two sides were early in negotiation discussions and had not as yet not discussed specific figures.
But now, various sources including NFL insider Ian Rapoport have revealed that the Cowboys have made it clear that the pass-rusher must sacrifice some of his wages to stick around.
At present Ware earns $13 million per year and as of next season his salary cap figure will increase from $8.1 million to $16 million - an amount the Cowboys are not prepared to deal with as they look to rebuild in free agency.
Ware's form suffered due to injuries last season in Dallas but he remains one of the league's most revered pass rushers.
And should the two sides fail to meet an agreement the player will have no shortage of suitors in free agency.
The latest development means the situation is likely to come to a head pretty soon, and the ball is now is Ware's court as to whether he sees his future with the Dallas Cowboys or elsewhere.