The Dallas Cowboys cut future Hall of Fame defensive end DeMarcus Ware today, in a move that must have been difficult despite being necessary.
Ware, 31, recorded 117 sacks in his nine seasons with the Cowboys, but had seen his numbers decline over the past few seasons, which were riddled with injuries. He had his lowest tackle and sack totals of his career in 2013, largely due to missing three games for the first time in his career and never looking completely healthy when he was on the field.
The cut, which many will view unfavorably, saves Dallas $7.4 million on the cap this season. The Cowboys now have about $8 million in wiggle room to try and sign a free agent or two to bolster a terrible defense. Cutting Ware also keeps Dallas from restructuring his deal to push more money beyond 2014, which would strap the Cowboys even more in future seasons. So, while it may not be fun to watch a Cowboys legend walk away, it is necessary.