In the aftermath of the Week 17 loss to the Eagles, when DeMarcus Ware told reporters he’d be a “team player” in terms of re-negotiating his deal with the Cowboys this offseason, he didn’t mean he’s open to taking a pay cut. Rather, Ware said last week, he was talking about restructuring his deal to help the team get under the salary cap.
“I said I'll do whatever I need to do to maneuver some things to help the team out,” Ware said, per ESPN Dallas. “I'm for that ... A pay cut and a restructure are two different things, know what I'm saying?”
Ware had a career-low six sacks in 2013 while playing in 13 games. He struggled with elbow, quad and back issues. It’s likely that he’ll have surgery on the elbow this offseason and he fully expects to bounce back in 2014.
“Going back into training camp, I felt better than I did in a long time," Ware said. "Then the little injuries happened ... and so you sit back and think, 'What can I do now this offseason to make sure that doesn't happen again?' Because I know exactly where I can be and how I can play. The injuries took a toll on me a whole lot this season, but there's no excuse. I go out there and play, and I've got to figure out some way to get healthy for next season.”
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