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If Released by Dallas Cowboys, Could DeMarcus Ware Become a Possibility for New York Giants?

February 25th, 2014 at 2:30 PM
By Doug Rush

There's that old saying, "if you can't beat them, sign them." Well, the New York Giants know what it is like to watch DeMarcus Ware dominate them for several years as a defensive end and outside linebacker of the Dallas Cowboys.

Ware has been the defensive leader and fixture of the Cowboys since 2005 and has 117 career sacks, but at 31-years-old, there's a chance that the longtime sack king of the Cowboys could be a free agent this coming offseason, as Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas talked to Dallas owner/GM Jerry Jones and said he may have no choice but to let him go.

"We will address it," Jones said of Ware's contract status. "We made a change in what he's doing. We put his hand down [play defensive end], rather than stand him up [play outside linebacker]. That was a change, and at the same time, he's had a tough time getting on the practice field because of various injuries, all of that we have to weigh with how much of that has impacted … where he is with his career and his age. Those are the ingredients in the stew and we have to stir it up and see where we're going. It will be a very difficult call for us because of how much salary cap he uses."

Where do the Giants fit in with regards to Ware? With Justin Tuck set to hit free agency and the possibility of Mathias Kiwanuka being a cap casualty, the team will need help at the position because Jason Pierre-Paul is coming off an injury-plagued 2013 season and Damontre Moore didn't play enough in his rookie season to be considered a definite lock to be a starter. So if Tuck and Kiwanuka are both goners, why not look at Ware if he's a free agent. Dan Graziano of ESPN New York explored the possibility on Tuesday for the Giants.

"Have to throw him in here, right? I still think Jerry Jones is just blowing smoke and there's no chance he'll cut Ware for cap reasons. But if he does, this is a Hall of Fame talent who recorded at least 11 sacks in each of the seven seasons prior to 2013. The Giants (and many other teams) would be nuts not to at least kick the tires."

With Ware set to make $12.5 million in 2013 and a cap number of $16 million, he very well could be a cap cut in Dallas if he doesn't re-work his deal and take a significant pay cut. But would the Giants be willing to fork over the kind of money needed to land someone like Ware?

Last year, they were in a similar situation when Dwight Freeney wanted to come play for his childhood team in the Giants, but didn't have the money to sign him and he eventually went to sign with the San Diego Chargers. Plus, if the Giants are going to bring back a veteran pass rusher, why not just re-sign Tuck, who may not cost as much?

Well, lets just assume that both Tuck and Kiwanuka no longer available and have moved on from the Giants. And this is a chance to land perhaps one of the best pass rushers over the last 10 years who has at times, made life for Eli Manning difficult and playing for the Giants would give him the chance to play against his old team and some revenge for cutting him, if he were to be a cap casualty in Dallas.

Right now, like Graziano mentioned in the story on ESPN, it's tough to imagine Jones parting ways with such a popular figure and a future Hall of Famer in Ware, but in the NFL of 2014, not every player gets to finish his career with the team they started with; Peyton Manning can certainly attest to that notion. But if Ware gets cut loose and is a free agent, it wouldn't be the craziest idea in the world for the Giants to explore the possibility of looking to add a top pass rusher like Ware, especially if Tuck bolts the team.

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28 Responses to “If Released by Dallas Cowboys, Could DeMarcus Ware Become a Possibility for New York Giants?”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    It’s funny, just by reading the title to the article, i can tell who wrote it.

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:

    we don’t want to throw money to sign Beason, Tuck, Nicks or Joseph, but we’ll target DeMarcus Ware?

  3.  Kettles78 says:

    I think out of the big free agents the Giants will just try to sign who they can get for the cheapest. Johnson, Bennett, Tuck, Ware (if he is released), Hardy, Houston, or Allen. I would want Tuck, Johnson, Bennett but Johnson and Bennett will not come cheap and are in their mid 20′s.

  4.  Krow says:

    I suppose everything could be considered a possibility, right?

  5.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    I don’t see Ware as much of a fit in Blue. I think he’s better suited in a 3-4 and will likely go to someone willing to pay a little bit more money than we are for his services. To be honest, I would not be surprised in the slightest to see a team like the Redskins or Eagles pursue him; the Eagles have a need for a pass rushing OLB and the Skins very likely could lose Orakpo in FA. If we are going to target a FA DE, I would really like to go big: Michael Johnson. I think someone like that is younger and worth throwing the money at, especially due to the fact that JPP could walk after this season.

    Wanted to repost my thoughts from the DB’s at the Combine this afternoon:

    Justin Gilbert literally MURDERED the Combine this afternoon! 40 time in the 4.3?s, very smooth transitions in ball drills and did 20+ reps of 225 lbs. Really impressive! Honestly, can’t see Gilbert lasting past Detroit at 10. Dennard also ran a 4.5, which is very solid since his one knock was long range speed. Dennard looked a little more stiff out there than Gilbert…but he still looked very good, none the less. Believe he did 15 reps at 225 lbs. Originally had posted that I would be fine with either of these guys at #12 (and I would) but I think with the depth at CB in this draft, the value is to target a CB in round 2. I know that it’s wishful thinking, but I am really hoping for Kahlil Mack in the first round. Him and a CB in the 2nd round would give us 2 starters on defense and put it over the top. Also would still enable us to target some very good interior OL in the 3-4 rounds who, coming out of this draft which Mayock has dubbed as the best in the last 10 years, could probably plug and play. If, in the likelihood that Mack is gone…I’d be happy with CJ Mosley, Zach Martin or Tyler Lewan.

    A few other guys that would be VERY solid 2-3 round guys: Stanley Jean-Baptise. Guy is 6’3, ran a 4.5 40 and had a 41.5? vertical leap. Has been drawing Sherman comparisons. A BIG guy like that with that kind of speed and vertical would be an excellent addition next to Prince and be great against defending the jump ball. Also looked very smooth in transition; it was amazing to see someone that big play that way. Honestly, to me…if we could land either Mack or Mosley in the 1st round and then Jean-Baptise in the 2nd…our defense would be lights out. Especially if we retain Beason. Bradley Robey also ran really well with a 4.39 40 and looked very smooth in his transitions during ball drills. I am skeptical of Robey; had he came out last year he would have been a sure thing as a top-15 pick…but he got smoked a few times this year. I do think he has the talent to be special…but that does concern me. Another kid who I was unfamiliar with that REALLY opened my eyes was Philip Gaines, CB out of Rice. Another BIG CB at 6’1…and ran a 4.38 40. He also looked really good during on field drills; I think he is probably a 3rd rounder after today. Also, liked what limited drills I caught of Keith McGill, who is 6’3 and ran a 4.5 40. Really, ANY of these guys would be excellent additions to our secondary…but I’d REALLY love to get a big guy like Jean-Baptise.

    •  Kettles78 says:

      Careful with the workout heroes though. How did some of them produce in college? I know Baptist has played pretty well but some of the other guys not so sure. Could be that I didn’t catch them enough in college. Love the Size/Speed blend though

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    The closest Ware will get to the Giants is when he’s passing by Will Beatty on his way to sacking Eli.

    Why on God’s Earth would Reese wish Kiwi farewell and then go and pay a fortune for Ware? Talk about blowing up the cap. And will ware still be a factor in 2015-2016? Not a great bet at the price.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Ware will be more of a factor in 2015-2016 then Kiwi will.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        But Kiwi will be gone by then. There is no reason to drop him now when he’s reasonably cheap and can contribute at DE in a transition season. They cannot even think about adding Ware at $8-9MM while dumping Kiwi at a savings of a fraction of that. No doubt, if healthy, Ware still has a few good years in him (though perhaps not great years as he ages), but he’s not going to take us over the top and would cost way too much.

        This isn’t about who will be better in 2015-2016. This team won’t want either of them then. But they need Kiwi now and they do not need to go bust their salary cap on an aging ex-superstar who may never be that again and certainly cannot play at his old level much longer.

        •  JimStoll says:

          JR isn’t going out to make a defensive FA signing of Ware’s magnitude – at least I hope not
          if he were so inclined, he’d be better off re-signing either Beason or Joseph now
          JR will likely do 2 things: (1) sign cheap FA’s who are cheap either because they are injured, over the hill, or perennial back-ups; and (2) potentially chuck big dollars at an O-Lineman

          We’ve seen JR twice let an entire position fall apart (Safety in ’09; DT in ’12) and then react in a big way the following off-season (Rolle in ’09 with a big $ contract; Jenkins, Patterson plus a # in ’12)

          the problem facing JR right now is that he’s made every wrong move possible when it comes to the O-Line — Snee with that impossible final year of his contract; Baas and the remaining life of his contract; the awful contract given to Beatty; and a raft of back-ups not worthy of playing in the NFL

          on top of that a debacle at TE and entirely too much money tied up in a QB who will forever be erratic at best, and may be on the downside of his career

          the team is in serious trouble and JR is the principal architect
          this could be his last chance to save his job
          2014 will be ugly – we are almost assured of that
          the interesting question is whether 2015-17 are also doomed due to the litany of mistakes JR has made

  7.  jerseyrich says:

    Supposedly the cap may now go as high as 135 million. We might be able to sign Beason and franchise Joseph the way things are going. Id love Ware, but him becoming a Giant aint happening.

    •  jerseyrich says:

      Of course on the flip side, the higher the cap goes the more of a chance that Snee doesn’t get cut.

      •  Kettles78 says:

        If Snee is healthy enough to play they are going to keep him around.

        •  jerseyrich says:

          There is still no excuse not to cut him and then re-sign him then. Unless he’s an all-pro guard, which he isn’t, there is no justification for him to be getting paid that amount of money.

          •  Kettles78 says:

            well we don’t know what is going on behind the scenes and what is being discussed. i agree that he is no longer the all pro guard and should not be making what he is making. I am guessing they are waiting for the actual cap number to come out to know if they can restructure him or have to cut him based off of $$$$. When does the actual amount get released vs the rumored amount?

  8.  Begiant says:

    Ware is old, injured and probably will be expensive. He is also better in the 3-4…there is no reason to sign him. He is still very talented, but we don’t need him. He is the type of player the redskins used to sign and they were bad because of it. He could definitely help a veteran team looking to make another push (maybe Denver?) but not us.

  9.  jerseyrich says:

    Eventually somebody in the media will have enough cajones to press TC and/or Reese on why Snee hasn’t been cut….and when they are given the normal company line BS they will commence to destroy TC and/or Reese in the media. I am holding out hope that common sense eventually prevails and we can all put this Snee nonsense to bed. If that’s not the case though, and Snee is on the team like many here believe….and the Giants proceed to win 5 or 6 games next year….I’ll laugh heartily when TC and Reese are dumped next year.

    I honestly think the problem is that your average Giants fan is too ignorant to understand what the salary cap is and what Snee’s salary means in regards to the team actually being able to compete in 2014.

    •  Kettles78 says:

      I think they are waiting on seeing what the actual number is for the salary cap to determine if there is room for Snee at a reduced rate. I think they still value his knowledge and perhaps they haven’t given up on him. Waiting to see how healthy he is maybe has to be seen by drs. I think before March 11 we will have our answer on him

  10.  rlhjr says:

    The Giants strategy is simple. They will not make a move until they determine the fate Joseph, Tuck and Beason. Nicks just no longer matters.

    Then they will determine who they will draft. Finally they will try to sign perhaps two FA’s to fill in the blanks. The problem is with certain players still on he roster and/or counting against the cap, the caliber of FA required to pull the team out of the mud simply can not be signed.

    If Beason and Joseph go elsewhere, good bye 2014. This team is rebuilding and its clear to see. They simply drafted badly and let the offensive line grow old before realizing they had to fix it. No excuses, they just pissed it away.
    So it most likely is good bye 2014 anyway.

    They almost have to cut their losses and get rid of just about all of the salary cap hits so they can start over again. If Snee stays on this team, the leadership and organization is bogus. And the pain is only just starting to manifest itself.

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