Cowboys Lock Up LB DeMarcus Ware With Huge Contract Extension

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DeMarcus Ware Talks With Blogging The Boys

SB Nation's Blogging the Boys caught up DeMarcus Ware after he signed his huge extension. He discussed his 78,000,001th dollar from Jerry Jones, the Black Eyed Peas and what he plans to do with his money.

JERRY'S DOLLAR: The Cowboys owner approached Ware on Monday after the new contract extension was finalized. It's a six-year, $78 million deal that guarantees him at least $40 million, running through the 2015 season, and making him the highest-paid Cowboy ever.

"He gave me this,'' Ware told me as he pulled from his pocket a crinkled $1 bill. "Read it.''

On the dollar, Jones had written:

"THIS IS MY LAST OFFER. YOUR [sic] GREAT. JERRY JONES''

 "He's a character,'' Ware laughed, promising to frame that 78,000,001th dollar.

I GOT A FEELING: DeMarcus told me that a song was running through his head all weekend long.

"I Got A Feeling'' by the Black-Eyed Peas,'' he said. "Because I had a feeling.''

Of course he had a feeling. He knew Sunday morning, during pregame stretching at Cowboys Stadium before the kickoff against the Falcons, that he and agent Pat Dye Jr. had reached a handshake agreement.

"Congratulations,'' Jerry told him, shaking hands with Ware on the field. "You are a wealthy man.''

The Jerry/Ware exchanges had been going on for weeks leading up to a deal both sides knew was coming. Said Ware: "Jerry's big joke was to walk down the (Valley Ranch) hallways and do this.''

And then Ware pulled the linings of his pockets inside-out and shrugged with palms-up, the international sign for "I'm broke.''

WARE AND THOSE BLACK-EYED PEAS: So is "I Got A Feeling'' by the Black-Eyed Peas actually appropriate? Ware had to give me a few lyrics:

I got a feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night
that tonight's gonna be a good night
that tonight's gonna be a good good night ooh hoo
Tonight's the night night
Let's live it up
I got my money
Let's spend it up
go out and smash it
like oh my god
Jump off that sofa
Let's get get crunk

Well, no. I saw no sign of DeMarcus "getting crunk.'' (Not that I would know that if I saw it.) Dye was around, and so was Ware's lovely bride, Taniqua. She was beaming, maybe because she's holding the purse strings here.

At one point, Ware reached for his wallet and it wasn't in his pocket.

Taniqua had it.

That fits with what he said when he called his wife with the news earlier in the day.

"She was at home,'' he smiled, "with a calculator.''

NOT FAT AND SASSY: There are players who, with the money in their pocket, might tend to relax a bit. That is apparently not Ware's style. After being told of his coming new deal, he was pivotal in the victory over the Falcons, recording a forced fumble and two sacks. The 27-year-old Ware, who was in the final season of the contract he signed after being the 11th overall pick in the 2005 draft, now has 57.5 sacks while starting all 70 of his regular-season games.

"I think it would be a mistake to think, ‘Oh, I've got it made now,''' he told me. "I think now is when the work really begins. There's kind of a legacy that goes with this kind of contract, you know?''

BIG PLANS FOR THE BIG MONEY: So what are DeMarcus' big plans with the big money?

He might want to start with a new watch.

The Fossil he was wearing had a huge face, so it was sorta stylish. I asked him how much he'd spent on it.

"Just fifty bucks,'' he said. "But take a closer look. ... It runs exactly 33 minutes slow.''

So yeah. DeMarcus Ware needs to buy a new watch.

What else is on his shopping list? What else is on his mind?

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I'll have more details in Blogging The Boys' upcoming Part 2 of my one-on-one visit with DeMarcus Ware.

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Wade Phillips: Ware At The 'Top Of The Class'

Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips has seen a lot of great defensive players in his time in the NFL, with DeMarcus Ware being one of the best:

“I’ve been lucky to be around a lot of good ones. He’s at the top of the class,” Phillips said of Ware, “and it doesn’t take long to call the roll.”

Ware has 57.5 sacks in 70 games and has four in the Cowboys last two wins while playing with a stress fracture in his left foot.

“He’s got all the things it takes and he utilizes them and he works hard at it,” Phillips said. “He’s only going to get better. I don’t know if he’s going to get more sacks than ever, but I mean he’s just going to get better, because he works so hard at what he does.”

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Cowboys Lock Up LB DeMarcus Ware With Huge Contract Extension

The Dallas Cowboys have had a couple of really good days. Sunday, they beat the Atlanta Falcons convincingly and moved to 4-2 on the season. Later, the Giants lost, meaning Dallas is now tied in the loss column with the NFC East champs. Today, they are able to announce they have locked up their best defensive player, and one of the best in the NFL, for six more years.

DeMarcus Ware agreed to a 6-year contract with nearly $40 million guaranteed and an average salary of $13 million a year. The Cowboys were expecting to pay a lot for the talented outside linebacker, but compared to some other deals around the league, it looks like they have landed their star at a reasonable price.

Ware was drafted by the Cowboys in 2005 as the No. 11 pick in the first round out of Troy, and he hasn't disappointed. His sack totals by year: 8.5, 11.5, 14 and a league-leading 20 last year. Ware was voted second to James Harrison as Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. So far this season, Ware was off to a slow start and has a stress fracture in his foot, but that hasn't stopped him from playing. In the past few weeks, he's picked up his play and finished Sunday's game against the Falcons with two sacks, a forced fumble, and a QB pressure that led to an INT.

That's the kind of production the Cowboys are paying for, and the contract is well-suited to the value of the player. The Cowboys will hold a press conference at 5:30 ET Monday to announce the deal.

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