By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Irving _ Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware confirmed via text that he will have elbow surgery Feb. 18 to address a nerve issue that has been bothering him for two years.
Ware said he will be ready to participate in the majority of the off season program, which begins April 21, and will certainly be available for OTAs and mini camps in May.
Ware is coming off a season in which he battled back, quad and elbow injuries, resulting in a career-low six sacks.
This is will mark the second straight off-season that Ware will undergo surgery. He had surgery on his right shoulder last year.
Ware believes he will get back to his old form in 2014 after he gets the nerve issue in his elbow fixed.
It's certainly something the Cowboys must consider as they prepare to make a decision on his future in the coming months. Ware has a $12.25 million base salary in 2014 and will count $16 million against the salary cap.
The financially-strapped Cowboys will have to address his contract in an effort to get under the 2014 salary cap.
Do they do the normal restructure and push money into future years, ask him to take a pay cut or release the team's all-time leading sacker?
Ware indicated after the season that would be willing to restructure his contract to help the team but he had no interest in taking a pay cut.