The Dallas Cowboys cut defensive end, DeMarcus Ware today in an effort to create some cap space after apparent restructure talks ended unresolved.
The Cowboys are apparently worth $2.3 billion but they have struggled in recent years to remain under the rigid salary cap that the NFL enforces. Prior to today, the Cowboys were over the cap by almost $1 million but were due to pay Ware in excess of $12 million for 2014 alone.
By releasing Ware, the Cowboys will be able to make some short term improvements to other areas of their roster but will also lose a player that has become one of the elite pass rushers in the NFL.
Ware had six sacks and an interception in just 13 games for the Cowboys last season. It was the first time that the player had failed to record at least 10 sacks since his rookie season. Although the Cowboys now have immediate breathing room, they will still be on the hook for part of Ware's salary and will be hamstrung financially in free agency.
Prior to Ware's departure, the Cowboys could count on an elite pass rusher, an experienced quarterback and a good passing attack. However, the team has still finished around .500 for the past number of years.
With Ware now in the Cowboy's past it will need some salary cap savvy and a bargain or two to make Dallas a relevant force in the NFL once again.