Sunday, May 15, 2011
Updated: May 16, 12:35 PM ET
DeMarcus Ware gets paid during lockout
By Calvin Watkins
The NFL lockout hasn't kept all players from getting paid by their teams.
Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is the only player to receive a paycheck from the Dallas Cowboys during the lockout.
Ware received $6.8 million from the Cowboys on March 15, three days after the owners locked out the players, as part of deferred payments owed to him.
When Ware renegotiated his contract in October 2009, he received a $20 million signing bonus, but $1 million of that was deferred to the spring of 2011. Ware's 2010 base salary was $7.8 million, but $5.8 million of it also was deferred to the following year.
NFL teams defer some salaries and signing bonuses for cash flow purposes.
Last month, Ware said he would pass on his share of the NFL Players Association's lockout fund so it could be spread among players who are in more need. Ware is one of Dallas' player representatives.
Players who were on the active roster for every week of the 2009 and 2010 seasons are eligible to receive $60,000 over a six-week period during the lockout.
Ware isn't the only Cowboys player scheduled to get deferred payments this year. Wide receiver Miles Austin, who signed a new contract last season, had $7.078 million of his $17 million 2010 base salary deferred to this year.
However, Austin hasn't receive any of the deferred money because it's due to be paid during the 2011 season.
This is not the first time the Cowboys have deferred payments with their stars. Quarterback Tony Romo had $3.19 million of the $12.2 million signing bonus from his 2007 contract extension deferred to March 2009. Cornerback Terence Newman had $6 million of his $12 million signing bonus in 2008 deferred to May 2009.
San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and nose tackle Vince Wilfork are also expected to receive deferred payments during the lockout.
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.