Cowboys linebacker and soon-to-be defensive end DeMarcus Ware stirred up a bit of a mini-controversy last week, when he responded to Tony Romo’s brand spankin’ new contract--worth $108 million over six years, $55 million of which is guaranteed--by saying it was time to “put up or shut up.”
According to Ware, who rarely says much at all, he meant that as a call to arms for the entire team and not for Romo specifically.
“They’re going to twist the words that you can change,” Ware said this weekend at Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party, via the Dallas Morning News. “So I talked to Romo about that. It didn’t come across as it was personified as. I tell them when it’s time to play you put everything else behind you and put your best foot forward.”
Ware went to lengths to make clear that his words weren’t meant to come across as an indictment of the veteran quarterback.
“That’s everybody,” he said, in reference to his comments last week. “When you get out there it’s put up or shut up. It’s produce or don’t get on the field.”
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