DeMarcus Ware, one of the best pass rushers in the NFL over the last decade, has been released by the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys have released their all-time leader in sacks, saving $7.4 million against the salary cap but creating the need to find a pass-rusher for a defense that struggled to get to the quarterback in 2013.
This past season was the first time Ware wasn’t named to a Pro Bowl since 2006. It was also the first time in his career Ware failed to play all 16 regular-season games, as he missed three contests. The mileage, wear and tear and injuries Ware has fought through evidently didn’t convince the Cowboys that he was worth keeping around at such a steep cost.
Ware, who turns 32 at the end of July, put up 117 sacks in nine seasons with the Cowboys, earning Pro Bowl honors every year from 2006 to 2012. The Cowboys selected Ware in the first round of the 2005 draft, No. 11 overall.