Source: For­mer Cow­boys star Ware hopes to re­turn to Dal­las

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Clarence E. Hill Fort Worth Star-Tele­gram

De­fen­sive end DeMar­cus Ware is eye­ing a re­turn to the Dal­las Cow­boys to book­end his ca­reer, per a source.

Ware, who will be 35 next sea­son, is a free agent af­ter play­ing the past three sea­sons with the Den­ver Bron­cos, where he won a Su­per Bowl ring to cap the 2015 sea­son.

Go­ing back to Den­ver is an op­tion, but so is a re­turn to the Cow­boys where he spent the first nine years of his ca­reer.

His rep­re­sen­ta­tives might have some in­for­mal talks with the Cow­boys dur­ing the NFL scouting com­bine this week.

The only is­sue for Ware, re­gard­less of where he signs, is his health.

He missed six games in 2016 and fin­ished the sea­son on in­jured re­serve be­cause of a rup­tured disc in his back.

Ware is healthy af­ter un­der­go­ing back surgery and be­lieves he is ready to fin­ish his ca­reer with a flour­ish, ac­cord­ing to a source.

Ware is the Cow­boys all­time lead­ing sacker (117) and a fu­ture in­ductee in the team’s Ring of Honor.

The ques­tion for the Cow­boys is how much does he have left and how he fits in Rod Marinelli’s de­fense that doesn’t gen­er­ally make al­lowances for spe­cial­ists.

But there is no doubt that a healthy Ware still fits a need for a Cow­boys de­fense void of dif­fer­ence-mak­ing pass rush­ers.

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Texas Tech’s Niem Steven­son blocks a shot by Texas’ Mareik Isom dur­ing the Red Raiders’ first dou­ble-digit vic­tory over the Longhorns since 2003.

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DeMar­cus Ware, who spent the first nine years of his ca­reer with the Cow­boys and the past three with the Bron­cos, would like to re­turn to Dal­las. Ware will be 35 in July.

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