(DOTHAN)--The Dallas Cowboys released former Troy and Auburn High standout DeMarcus Ware.
Now, Dallas' all-time sack leader will become an NFL free agent.
Ware, 31, has 117 career sacks. He's played with the Cowboys since being drafted out of Troy in 2005.
Ware’s multiple restructures led to a $12.25 million base salary and $16 million cap hit for the 2014 season. By releasing Ware, one of the most decorated players to ever don a Cowboys jersey, the team saves $7.4 million in cap space.
Accoring to DallasCowboys.com this is what Jerry Jones said:
"After meeting this afternoon, DeMarcus and I agreed on an understanding that would allow him to explore the options he will have for the 2014 season and beyond," Dallas owner Jerry Jones said. "We were also in very strong agreement that playing for the Dallas Cowboys would be one of the options we would both be exploring."