There’s no denying the Cowboys put the NFL on notice in 2016, posting the best record in the NFC. However, just like the Cowboys have for over two decades now, they watched the Super Bowl on their couches. If Dallas wants to make another run at the elusive Lombardi Trophy next fall, they need to address some glaring weaknesses on their roster — one of those being a pass rusher.
With free agency officially beginning on March 9, the Cowboys will need to take a good look at free agents who could add another element to their suspect front seven. The best move Dallas could make is to sign one of their former players, DeMarcus Ware, who has expressed legitimate interest in returning to the Cowboys. Ware is not only a dominant player who terrorizes quarterbacks, he is also familiar with the Cowboys’ defensive scheme and could help add some veteran leadership to a young team.
For this scenario to happen, both sides will have to come to an agreement in terms of salary. After all, the reason Ware departed from the Cowboys in the first place was because neither side could come to an agreement on his worth. It remains highly doubtful Dallas will break the bank to bring Ware back in next season, as he will turn 35 in July and is nearing the conclusion of his career.
In his tenure with Dallas, Ware collected 116 sacks, which set a Cowboys franchise record. His best season of his illustrious career was in 2008, where he registered 20.0 sacks. While Ware isn’t getting any younger and his production won’t be as high as it used to be, he proved he still needs to be accounted for whenever he is on the field, as he recorded two sacks and two tackles for loss with the Denver Broncos in a Super Bowl 50 win a little over a year ago. If the Cowboys can strike a deal with Ware, he could provide a much-need spark to an area where they badly need help, as Dallas’ inability to get enough pressure on Aaron Rodgers in the playoffs last season was a big reason for their early exit.