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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 04/14/2011

DeMarcus Ware passes up payment from lockout fund

Money from the NFL Players Association’s lockout fund will be available starting Friday, but Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware is saying no thanks.

It isn’t like Ware, a Cowboys player representative, will be clipping coupons. He has a $79 million contract with $40 million guaranteed. It’s the principle of the thing.

“I think it builds a unity and lets guys know there are players out there with you who will give up their $60,000, that this is a brotherhood. This is a fraternity.”

In order to qualify for the $60,000 payout over a six-week period, players must have been on the active roster for every week of the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

It’s a smart, kind move by Ware. But what about guys like Selvish Capers of the Redskins, who don’t qualify for the fund? They’re struggling to make ends meet.

“I saved. But looking at it now, I should’ve saved more,” Capers told Mike Jones. “You’re always kicking yourself. When money’s coming freely, it’s a little harder to think disciplined. Like, I got a luxury apartment in Herndon. My mom was like, ‘Do you need something that fancy?’ But I liked it because I walk downstairs and the grocery store is right there. I want a little entertainment, that’s right there on the corner. Everything is right there. Thinking now, I could’ve gone with something less.”

Today’s Coin Toss: Should higher-paid players follow Ware’s example and decline to take money from the lockout fund?

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