Austin is unlikely to survive the purge. Ware's situation is different. He's coming off his worst season but has been the face of the Cowboys' defense for a decade. Severing ties now would be an unusual move for a franchise known to hold on tight to name-brand products.
ESPNDallas.com reported that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had a "long talk" with Ware on Wednesday. Garrett told reporters he believes Ware can regain the form that once made him one of the league's dominant pass rushers. On Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine, Garrett acknowledged that Ware needs to be healthy enough to practice more in 2014.
Though he'll turn 32 this summer, Garrett still sees the defensive end as a "young player."