For the last nine years, fans in Philadelphia have formed some sort of a respect for DeMarcus Ware, as one of the top pass-rushers of this era. At the same time, Ware has had many big games at the Eagles expense (both directly or indirectly), which hasn’t exactly made the nine-year Cowboy like-able in the Delaware Valley. According to ESPN’s Louis Riddick, that might change now that Ware has been released by the Cowboys, and is available on the free-agent market.
I would bet Philly is working hard to get Demarcus Ware. Very hard.
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) March 11, 2014
Ware accepted a move to defensive end in the Cowboys 2013 move to a 4-3 defense, but will likely be looking to rejoin a 3-4 defense (like the Eagles), where he can move back to outside linebacker, the position he made his name at.
For the Eagles, the idea of Connor Barwin across from DeMarcus Ware (while rotating in Vinny Curry and others) sounds like an immediate improvement in terms of getting after the quarterback.
Trent Cole, who is a natural defensive end that transitioned to outside linebacker in 2013, would likely be the odd man out should the Eagles sign Ware, given his $6.6 million cap hit in 2014. Brandon Graham’s future would remain up in the air as well.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter listed the Eagles as one of many teams that he expects to check in on Ware in the 6 P.M. Sportscenter. Obviously, neither Schefter or Riddick claimed that they had any sources to back up their speculation, but the speculation makes a ton of sense.
A couple of weeks ago, our own Somers Price broke down whether Ware would be a good fit for the Eagles, should this very situation (where he was released) take place.
Update 8:20- Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network provided us with this update on Ware’s free agent interest.
How much interest has DeMarcus Ware received? Six playoff teams have called. He’d like to move quickly if possible.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
It seems fairly safe to say that the Eagles are one of those six teams that have shown interest, but to what extent is unknown at this point. My guess is that the Eagles pass on paying Ware (if this many teams are seriously interested) and save their money to make a push for Darrelle Revis. But that is just speculation.
Update 10:11- ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Broncos have jumped out as the early favorite to sign Ware.
Filed to ESPN: Denver has emerged as the favorite to land former Dallas DE DeMarcus Ware, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
If the Eagles do get the vibe that Ware is looking to sign quickly, as Rapoport suggested earlier, and they aren’t seriously being considered, then they should duck out of the sweepstakes immediately. But if they feel like they still have a respectable chance to sign Ware, then hanging around might make some sense. At least until Darrelle Revis becomes available.
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