Friday, September 11, 2009

Biggs: Cowboys moving toward deal for Ware?

By Brad Biggs

DeMarcus Ware and the Dallas Cowboys made what sounds like significant progress toward a longterm extension for the outside linebacker, reports Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News.

Ware’s agent Pat Dye Jr. met with Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones at the club’s facility for a few hours today.

“It was very, very cordial,” Dye told Archer. “They made some significant moves in certain components of the contract and we made some significant moves on certain components of the contract. I think it was a very constructive discussion, but until you reach a result or have a result, how do you measure progress?”

Ware is entering the final year of his contract and is scheduled to earn $1.005 million and would be a restricted free agent following the season if a new CBA is not hammered out. He’s in position to pull down a massive contract coming off his 20-sack season. He’s expected to surpass the $63 million, six-year contract that Terrell Suggs received in Baltimore, a deal that included $38 million guaranteed.

Dye and the Cowboys had not spoken since before training camp opened, and it’s been a low key negotiation. Ware has said the right things and attended all of the team’s functions.

“I wouldn’t say anything is closer,” Ware told Archer “but I would say the process is still going. We’re still trying to get some things done. They’re trying to show they want me here and I’m trying to show them I want to be here.”