DeMarcus Ware

After nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware has been released… and is a free agent.

According to ESPN.com, the team chose to waive the 31-year-old to save $7.4 million against the salary cap. But in doing so, they release their all-time leader in sacks… and create a need on defense.

During his time in Dallas, Ware recorded 117 sacks, and earned Pro Bowl honors every year from 2006 to 2012. In 2013, however, he had a career-low six sacks and missed the first three games with a quadriceps strain.

Ware was set to count $16.003 million against the cap with a $12.25 million base salary.

Stay tuned…