The Cowboys released the franchise's all-time sack leader, DeMarcus Ware, on Tuesday. In a statement, owner Jerry Jones said:
"A decision like this, involving a man who is a cornerstone player in the history of your franchise, is extremely difficult.
“After meeting this afternoon, DeMarcus and I agreed on an understanding that would allow him to explore the options he will have for the 2014 season and beyond. We were also in very strong agreement that playing for the Dallas Cowboys would be one of the options we would both be exploring.
“DeMarcus Ware, through his performance on the field and his outstanding character, is someone who is held in the highest regard within the Dallas Cowboys family. He is worthy of our greatest respect, and we want what is best for him and his family.”
-- Carlos Mendez