The Cowboys' all-time sacks leader, is one of the biggest
names to be made a free agent as National Football League clubs
pared down costs to gain room under the league's salary cap.
"A decision like this, involving a man who is a cornerstone
player in the history of your franchise, is extremely
difficult," Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the
Cowboys, said in a statement.
The 31-year-old Ware, drafted 11th overall by Dallas in 2005 and
fourth in career sacks with 117 among active players, twice led
the NFL in sacks and four times has been named to the first-team
All Pro list.
In an injury-hit 2013 campaign, Ware registered six sacks to
snap a streak of seven successive seasons with double-digits in
sacks including 20 in 2008 and 19.5 in 2011.
Ware, who turns 32 in July, was set to count $16 million against
the cap with a $12.25 million base salary, ESPN reported.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York;
editing by Frank Pingue)
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