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Just got off the phone a few minutes ago with Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware, who is going to be the subject of the main Q&A for our season preview magazine, as he was boarding a plane from San Antonio to Dallas. We covered a number of topics -- you can probably guess a few I felt obligated to ask -- but I had to get something in about his contract situation.
Ware stands as one of the young players who could be hurt badly by a player lockout next year, as he only would have five accrued seasons and would be considered a restricted free agent instead of looking to cash in with a deal that exceeds that which Washington gave to Albert Haynesworth.
Although Ware declined to talk specifics with me, he did say he'd give me a call when he knew something more. (Yet something tells me that call might not come, as nice a guy as he seems.) But he did say he was pretty happy to see a defender get such a crazy deal, which only raises the benchmark whenever Ware hits the open market -- if the Cowboys don't get something done first.
"Usually, quarterbacks and offensive guys get that type of money," Ware told us, "but now defensive guys are getting that type of money because now they are seeing, like [Tony] Romo is the quarterback, but they are seeing also guys that are playing a tackle position or a linebacker position are quarterbacks of the defense and they should be compensated as so because maybe of the plays that they make or the leadership they bring to that defensive squad. So it helps me out a lot and shows me how important defensive guys are too."