Cowboys Demarcus Ware staying focused

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) - DeMarcus Ware was almost to the bus and out of the heat when one of the Dallas Cowboys equipment guys stopped him to retrieve his No. 94 jersey.  It was Ware's first practice of the team's minicamp.

While Ware is already under contract through the upcoming season, the Cowboys have been working on an extension for the NFL sacks leader (20 last season) to keep that jersey and the star on his helmet for a long time.

It will be a big payday for the linebacker who has already been in three Pro Bowls and has 53½ sacks in four seasons.  This will be the final season of the five-year deal Ware signed after being the 11th overall pick in the 2005 draft.

His base salary for this season is just over $1 million.  Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has indicated several times recently that a deal will get done.  That leaves the questions of when and for how much.