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Cowboys release DeMarcus Ware
He made seven Pro Bowls and recorded 117 sacks with the Dallas Cowboys. Now DeMarcus Ware is a free agent, after the 31-year-old pass-rusher was released Tuesday by the only NFL team for which he's played. The move was made necessary by Ware's refusal to cut his salary from $12.25 million; Dallas will now save $7.4 million against the cap. Was Ware right to not restructure his contract? Should Dallas have hung on to him and sought relief elsewhere?
Blame for Cowboys' struggles?
Chicken or egg? Quarterback or guy calling the shots? This was discussed by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday, the 25th anniversary of him buying the team. Jones took the blame for the team not winning a ring with Tony Romo, saying the responsibility "starts here." Do you agree? Will Jones' regret turn into triumph someday?
DeMarcus Ware's future?
The Cowboys must decide on DeMarcus Ware soon. Because of their cap situation, keeping him at his current salary wouldn't work, and his less-than-stellar 2013 season -- 13 games played with a career-low six sacks -- could mean that even if the Cowboys kept him (with a restructured contract), he might not be worth the money. Ware has said that he won't accept a pay cut, so the Cowboys are in a delicate position. They're already likely to be in a close race in the NFC East, so making the right decision could have huge ramifications for their playoff hopes.
Cowboys shuffle coaching staff
Apparently play calling isn't the only thing the Dallas Cowboys felt was off in 2013. On the same day Scott Linehan was officially named Dallas' passing-game coordinator (and, therefore, playcaller), the team also demoted defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and promoted Rod Marinelli to the same position. Dallas finished last in the NFL in total defense in 2013, a major reason for the team's 8-8 record. Of course, Tony Romo, Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones are still there ...
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We'll give the Cowboys this -- at least they won something this season, even if it didn't turn out to be exactly what they wanted. A recent survey by Public Policy Polling had the Cowboys as America's least favorite team, easily beating out other contenders such as the Bears and Patriots. Does that result match up with your personal feelings? We're giving you the chance to list the NFL teams that you simply can't stand. Submit your rankings!
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