Ware considers following in Witten’s NFL footsteps
Has superlative tight end Jason Witten’s decision to leave Monday Night Football and return to play in Dallas influenced former Cowboys defensive star DeMarcus Ware to also consider a comeback?
FILE PHOTO: Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware arrives for the Inaugural National Football League Honors at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Ware took to Twitter to contemplate that question on Thursday after hearing from other former teammates who would like to see him back in the game.
“Hey, I want to let everyone know that I’ve been inspired when I heard Jason Witten might be coming out of retirement,” Ware said in a video uploaded to Twitter. “And I started thinking to myself, maybe I need to call Romo and get him out of the booth, and all three of us come back. But then Von Miller started hitting me up, and then also DeMarcus Lawrence, saying that they wanted another guy on the edge, will I come back?
“I have been working out. And I do feel good. Do y’all think I should come back? Y’all let me know. Don’t play with me. Y’all let me know.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Thursday that Witten, 36, who is ranked fourth all-time in receptions, has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported via Twitter that the deal could be worth $5 million with incentives.
A return might be more of an uphill climb for Ware, who sat out the past two seasons and will be 37 years old when the NFL starts playing in 2019. Ware, a first-round pick of the Cowboys out of Troy in 2005, played nine seasons in Dallas, then joined the Denver Broncos from 2014-16, winning Super Bowl 50 there.
After that last season, he retired from the NFL with 138 1/2 sacks.
He also competed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2018.
With the Cowboys needing to fill a hole at defensive end after Randy Gregory was suspended again, Ware’s return might not seem far-fetched.
In 2017, Ware was already itching about a possible comeback, and dropped the name of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
“If Jerry calls me, I’ll answer the phone,” Ware said.
—Field Level Media