Hats off to Charlotte Jones, her dad and her brothers for releasing defensive end DeMarcus Ware, as well as receiver Miles Austin.
While both were good pros and decent individuals, they were both on the wrong side of the best side of their careers. Ware was another in the long list of pro jocks in denial about his age. He will be 32 in July, and has played nine years in the NFL. That's a lot of mileage.
Good for him for signing a three-year, $30 million deal with the Denver Broncos today, $20 million of which is guaranteed. Playing opposite the younger Von Miller should help, but the real problem is not Ware's talent but rather his ability to stay healthy.
To his credit, he played in all 16 games in each of his first eight NFL seasons, and missed only three games in '13. In each of the last two years he's been shadowed by an assortment of physical ailments, and once a guy gets hurt he usually stays that way.
But do not confuse the Cowboys' decision to cut DWare as a sign they have learned not to overpay. They have cut aging players before with a nasty cap hit coming - Terrell Owens comes to mind.
Jerry Jones has cut aging players with a nice resume before - TO, Roy Williams (either one of 'em), Terrence Newman, et all. Jerry has said goodbye to players he likes. The problem is he overpays the guys he likes too much when it's apparent there is no way they are going to be worth their second NFL contract.
The other problem is that there is no one behind Ware you can say, "Now this guy can flourish". Ware was not standing in the way of progress. He was just not worth the money.
Austin was in the way of progress. Behind Austin is second-year receiver Terrance Williams, who as a rookie showed enough to believe he can be a competent No. 2 to Dez Bryant.
Their respective release of Ware and Austin do not diminish what they did with the Cowboys, particularly Ware, but it does not mean Jerry has learned a thing.
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