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DeMarcus Ware to Dez Bryant: Take a ‘business perspective’ to off-season talk

It seems everybody has an opinion on receiver Dez Bryant and the possibility of him being forced to take a pay cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Former Cowboys defensive DeMarcus Ware prefers to offer some advice.

Ware, the team’s all-time leading sacker, was in a similar spot in 2014 when he turned down a pay cut and was released by the Cowboys.

He said Bryant should take the emotions out of it and look at it solely from a business perspective and make the best decision for himself.

But Ware said the conversation was a tough at first because it hurt.

“It hurt bad,” Ware said from Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. “I have been a Dallas Cowboy my whole career. I don’t want to leave here. This is me. This is where I started at. But you have to take the helmet off and put a suit on. This is a business deal and take the feelings out.”

The Cowboys asked Ware to take a put cut to $4 million. He couldn’t when he had potential offers on the table for much more. He eventually signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Denver Broncos and even won a Super Bowl title.

“I had no choice,” Ware said. “They owed me like $16 million and they said we can only give you four. It was a business thing. There were no bad feelings. I got the opportunity to play three more years and get the same money.”

Ware’s advice to Bryant is to be reasonable with yourself.

Gronk will play

The last remaining question regarding the New England Patriots in advance of Super Bowl LII on Sunday has been answered.

All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski will play against the Philadelphia Eagles, as expected.

Gronkowski was officially cleared from concussion protocol and practiced in full with the team on Thursday for the first time since being knocked out in the second quarter of the AFC title game on a head shot by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church.

Gronkowski, who made 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns this season, never had any doubt that he would play.

He said the doctors were being cautious and that the bye week between the AFC title game and the Super Bowl helped.

“I just did everything step by step and everything went smooth,” said Gronkowski in his first interview with the media on Thursday. “I found out today I was cleared. It was super nice to hear from the doctors. I am ready to roll.”

Gronkowski said he did everything in practice and was excited to be out there with his teammates.

He said he will have no limitations in the game on Sunday.

“I’m super excited,” Gronkowski said. “I knew I was going to be playing the whole time. But we were being cautious, too. I am looking forward to the big game.”

Gronkowski said he has no issues with Church and the helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked him out with a concussion.

“It is what it is,” Gronkowski said. “It’s football. You have a split second to make a decision. You are running full speed one way. It’s part of the game. It happens. You have to move on.”

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