The restructured contract now converts $5 million of Ware's base salary this season into a signing bonus. Ware is scheduled to make $12.25 million in 2014 and $13.75 million in 2015, which will complete a seven-year, $79 million contract he signed in 2009.
In addition to Ware, the Cowboys now plan to restructure the contracts of about a dozen players to get under the salary cap by March 12, according to a source. One of those players the club approached was cornerback Orlando Scandrick, according to a source. That deal has yet to be finalized.Ware had 33 tackles and 11.5 sacks for the Cowboys last season.
The deal with Ware could be an indication the Cowboys do not expect to complete negotiations to extend Tony Romo's contract and lower his team-high $16.8 million salary cap figure before March 12.