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DeMarcus Ware hints at returning to Dallas

DeMarcus Ware

Another franchise legend may follow the lead of tight end Jason Witten by returning to the Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, though, DeMarcus Ware’ potential reunion with the Cowboys would come on the sidelines rather than the playing field.

The future Hall of Famer recently told the team’s website that he’d be interested in serving as a pass-rushing consultant of sorts for Dallas this season. Ware wouldn’t only assist defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and company, but also left tackle Tyron Smith and his cohorts on the offensive line.

“I always say I want to teach the championship mentality,” he said. “If I could come here at least two or three days a week, teaching them Wednesdays and Thursdays, teach the pass rushers how to pass rush, stopping the run – but then I always help the offensive line, like (left tackle) Tyron Smith, with their technique (too).”

Ware retired in 2016 after a stellar 12-year career. He spent the first nine seasons of his playing days with the Cowboys, reaching double-digits sacks in seven consecutive years and being named First Team All-Pro four times. Ware was released in March 2014 following Dallas’ scheme switch to a 4-3, prompting his move from outside linebacker to defensive end. He then signed with the Denver Broncos, making the Pro Bowl in 2015 and even helping out the Broncos’ coaching staff on occasion since retiring.

While it seems Ware, 36, isn’t ready for a full-time coaching job, there are obviously few players in league history more adept at getting after the quarterback. Needless to say, the Cowboys could certainly learn a thing or two from Ware on the practice field and in the film room, even just on a semi-regular basis.