It's all water under the bridge now, as the NFL trading deadline has passed. But Jerry Jones has publicly stated that the Cowboys turned down a blockbuster trade offer, and Mike Lombardi speculates that it could have been for no one other than DeMarcus Ware: Tavern talk: Bad idea trading a pass rusher | National Football Post It makes some sense. Ware has only 2 sacks so far this year, and is due for a hugeextension/franchise tag. The Cowboys look like they are a middle of the pack team this year, so I could seem them considering trading Ware and going into rebuilding mode, but ultimately rejecting it. I wonder whether some of the Pats' roster moves might have been done with the long shot idea of possibly trading for Ware. Certain things make sense: - Mike Reiss quoted BB before the deadline as saying that he would be "surprised" if the Pats made a trade. That doesn't mean the Pats weren't trying. I'm sure BB would have been pleasantly "surprised" if he had been able to get Ware. - Some of the surprise cuts freed up almost $3M in cap space. Ware's salary for 2009 is around $2.2M. He will be due for a huge contract once his current deal is up, but his contract for 2009 is quite reasonable. From the Pats' point of view, going after Ware makes much more sense than Merriman or Peppers: 1. Ware is proven at 3-4 OLB, unlike Peppers. 2. Ware is only 27. 3. Ware has a manageable cap hit for 2009, unlike Peppers. 4. Ware does not have the steroid or injury concerns that Merriman has. Merriman looks like a shadow of his former self at this point. 5. Ware does not bring the off field baggage of Merriman. With 7 day 1 picks in the next 2 years, I could have seen the Pats offering quite a bit for Ware. Even though there is a lot of talent at the position coming out in 2010, getting a sure thing like Ware would have easily been worth it. Thoughts?