Friday, October 30, 2009

Ware's extension with Cowboys a great move

By Eric Edholm

The Cowboys are thrilled to lock up their best (and maybe the NFL's best) defensive player, OLB DeMarcus Ware, through 2015 with guaranteed money that pays him as one of the best in the NFL. He received QB-type dollars, more than the deals for Eli Manning and Philip Rivers, and just less than the $41 million given to Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth. Despite the ridiculous assertion that Ware's recent production (four sacks in his past two games) was an impetus for getting a deal done, the Cowboys hadn't wavered in their effort to get a deal done over the past year. Serious negotiations began last fall, and the Cowboys made a big statement by committing $45 million to Ware over the next three years, which is significant considering the uncertain economic forecast in the league with an expiring Collective Bargaining Agreement. Jerry Jones has spent some questionable money on player contracts recently, but this appears to be a great move for the player and the franchise.