One of the biggest surprises so far today, besides the amount of money going out to less then stellar free agents, was the releasing of DeMarcus Ware from the Dallas Cowboys. Ware is 32 years old but struggled with his hand in the dirt as a 4-3 defensive end. Greg Bedard of MMQB wrote about Ware:
It appeared that some of Ware’s issues had to do with the conversion from 3-4 outside linebacker to a 4-3 end. The transition is not as easy as one would think, especially for a player who had spent eight seasons training his body to be a standup linebacker. Ware should find himself a landing spot that allows him to get back to standing up full-time on the outside. Among the teams that could give him that opportunity: the Falcons, Jets, Browns, Texans, Saints and Chargers. Ware, at his age, is a starter who needs some relief but is still better than being just a role player, at least for a couple more years.
He mostly noted all teams running a 3-4 defense. For the Browns Ware could provide a stout player who can rush the quarterback but wouldn’t have to be on the field the whole game. He could rotate in spots with Barkevious Mingo, while mentoring him, Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard. Mike Pettine plans to utilize players to the best of their ability and adding another rusher shouldn’t be a problem. He can move a linebacker inside, drop one down to defensive end, and keep them all fresh.
Ware would probably want a decent sized contract but would be realistic about what he could get. The current market has exploded with players getting far more then anyone expected but Ware’s age and wear and tear could diminish his amount. Could the Browns bring in Ware while continuing to upgrade the rest of the team?
What do you think about Ware to the Browns? Any room for him? Worth it at this age?