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DeMarcus Ware a Green Bay Packer?


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How might DeMarcus Ware look lining up opposite Clay Matthews III for the Green Bay Packers?

On paper it sounds not too bad. In reality would Ted Thompson really stoop to taking in the cast-offs of Jerry Jones?

Ware is rumored to be a player that could become a “Cap Causality.” Coming off a season in which Ware tallied a mere six sacks and played in only 13 games, his high salary could certainly be a detriment to the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones. Ware is scheduled to make $12.5 million in base salary with a cap hit of $16 million. The Cowboys are looking to shed salary as they are an estimated $20 million over the projected $130 million cap for the season.

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The Packers have a pretty good linebacker in Clay Matthews. How would DeMarcus Ware look opposite the Packers star linebacker?

To their interests the Cowboys would like to restructure DeMarcus Ware’s contract. However, word on the street is Ware is not interested in that scenario. In that case if the Cowboys wanted to save about $7 million in cap space they could release him and allow him to take his talents elsewhere.

You, me and the family dog all know that Packers’ GM Ted Thompson is not about to throw money around foolishly. But the question to ponder is whether adding DeMarcus Ware to the Packers roster be similar to the signing of Charles Woodson?

Woodson was 30 when he joined the Packers, Ware will be 32 when the 2014 season begins. We all know what Woodson did for the Packers. Could Ware make the same impact Woodson did for the Green and Gold in the second half of his career?

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Charles Woodson
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Ware’s numbers were down a bit in 2013. The Cowboys played Ware as a defensive lineman verses a linebacker, a position he has played much of his career. This transition for Ware is somewhat opposite the transition Aaron Kampman was asked to make for the Packers in 2009.

In 10 seasons in the NFL, Ware has totaled 117 sacks. As long as I brought Aaron Kampman into the conversation, for the sake of comparison Kampman had 58 sacks in 10 seasons. Ware is pretty damned good. The question, of course, is might he have anything left?

If Ware is to be let go by the Cowboys one would have to assume he is still going to demand a hefty salary. He’s not going to get anywhere near the $12.5 million the Cowboys would owe him for this season, but it is reasonable to assume he would look to make $5 to 7 million per year, maybe more.

There are lots variables in this scenario, but if the Cowboys release Ware and the Packers could entice him with a three-year incentive-laden contract he could very well bring the type of production Woodson did in his early 30s.

An addition, like Ware opposite Clay Matthews III would almost instantly change the face of the Packers defense.

Many things would have to go right to make this happen. But if it did, there would be a lot of Ted Thompson-haters eating some crow.

 

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