No doubt the Dallas Cowboys are going to miss their all-time sack leader DeMarcus Ware.
Not only for Ware’s obvious playing ability, but more so for his respected leadership, on and off the field alike, foes included.
True, Ware’s numbers dropped significantly the last two years, having recorded only six sacks in 2013.
But Ware’s persona as a field general and team player for nine seasons with Dallas remained a constant.
That showed even moments after Ware signed his new three-year, $30 million contract with the Denver Broncos.
Ware made sure he first paid gratitude to his former boss, coaches and teammates for giving him the opportunity to play for America’s Team.
“To Mr. (Jerry) Jones for gracefully letting me go out in the market and let me choose where I can finish my career at, I want to thank him for that,” Ware said. “And I want to wish my former teammates, coaches and just the Cowboys good luck in their season.”
It was exactly what Cowboys fans everywhere expected and wanted to hear from Ware to help ease the pain of bidding their beloved No. 94 farewell.
So, who can blame Ware for relocating less than 12 hours after jetting out of Dallas?
Twenty million of those dollars he was offered are guaranteed — no ifs, whats or whatevers.
At the same time, who can fault Jones for not forking out that kind of money for a player coming off surgery and having missed three games because of injury.
After all, Ware turns 32 in July.
Sad to admit, Jones made the right decision to let Ware go.
If the Cowboys would have kept him, it was going to cost them $12.75 million, and that comes to $2 million-plus per sack for last year’s mediocre production.
Not exactly a Kmart blue light special.
The good thing is Ware stayed away from the NFC East.
Now, let Ware chase down the likes of Tom Brady and Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers for a living, and not Tony Romo.
Like Ware’s agent, Pat Dye, said, “He’ll always be a Cowboy.”
Indeed, D-Ware will, white hat and all.