Cowboys trade for veteran linebacker DeMarcus Ware in trade for Wes Welker

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he plans to trade veteran linebacker and defensive end DeMarcus Jones for wide receiver Wes Welkers.

Jones said the Cowboys plan to release Welkers before the start of free agency, though he did not specify the specific moves.

The Cowboys have until Thursday to finalize a trade with a team, or Jones will need to give up an NFL player to get a deal done.

Welker was signed to a five-year, $80 million deal last season.

The Dallas Cowboys’ offseason is in full swing with the team’s mandatory minicamp starting Monday.

Jones did not say if the Cowboys planned to cut veteran defensive end Brandon Carr this offseason.

Carr missed the Cowboys’ first six games with a knee injury, including four against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Carr had 31 tackles and a sack in eight games with the Eagles last season after playing in 11 games for Dallas last season, when he had four sacks.

The move would open up a roster spot for Carr.

The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Carr, who will turn 31 on July 3, was the fourth defensive lineman signed to the Cowboys this offseason and the fifth since 2013.