DALLAS — The man who's made more sacks than any other in Dallas Cowboys history has been released from the team.
The announcement of 31-year-old DeMarcus Ware's release came Tuesday afternoon after much speculation about his future with the team.
Last week, the Cowboys told Ware they didn't plan on keeping the player at his current $12.25-million salary and proposed he stay with the team with an undisclosed pay cut.
In a report published before the annoucement, ESPN revealed a league source said the defensive end pressed the Cowboys to make a decision in regards to his career before the start of the NFL's free-agency signing at 3 p.m.
Injuries plagued Ware, who missed several games for the first time in his career last season. When the season ended, Ware revealed he played several games with pain in his right elbow, a herniated disk in his back and a torn right quad.
In February, he underwent surgery on his right elbow, which had spurred problems for the player for two seasons.
Ware was a celebrated figure during his time with the Cowboys.
The team drafted Ware in 2005. In 2009, ESPN described him as "the most dynamic defender in the league."