DeMarcus Ware would take a pay cut

December, 30, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware finished his 2013 season with six sacks and no Pro Bowl berth. It was a frustrating season for one of the Cowboys' better defensive players, who failed to reach double-digits in sacks since his rookie season of 2005.

Ware battled through injuries and ineffective play in 2013 and it raised concerns over whether he would take a pay cut to remain with the team in 2014.

"At the end of the day, I’m a team player," Ware said after getting four tackles and a fumble recover in the Cowboys'24-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. "I'll do what I need to do to help the team."

Ware is scheduled to make a base salary of $12.2 million next season including a $500,000 workout bonus. Ware's 2014 cap figure is $16 million.

It's doubtful the Cowboys would cut Ware, but with the team projected to be $31 million over the salary cap in 2014, cuts will come somewhere. Last year, right tackle Doug Free took a cut in pay to remain on the roster.

"I think about it sometimes, but that’s sort of the last thing on my mind," Ware said of possibly not returning. "I’ve just got to get my body right for whatever opportunities await me."

Ware was on the injury report for back, thigh, elbow and neck issues.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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