According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos are the early front-runner to sign recently released Dallas Cowboy, DeMarcus Ware. Denver has dedicated the opening day of free agency to upgrading their defense, coming to an agreement with top CB, Aqib Talib and Safety T.J. Ward.
Talib agreed to a 6 year/ $57M deal including $26M in guaranteed money. He will step into newly retired Champ Bailey’s starting spot. According to Mike Klis, Ward received a 4 year/ $23M deal with $14M guaranteed. Now the Broncos turn their eyes to Ware.
It’s hard to imagine Ware making anything like the Talib kind of money but his figure is probably more than many people are thinking. Despite less production in the past two years, Ware is still expected to make more than fellow long-toothed DE’s Julius Peppers and Jared Allen.
Ware should have many suitors this free agency period. It will be interesting to see how long he entertains offers. Again, it sounds like Denver is close to locking him down but who knows what they are offering?
DeMarcus cares about the money (that much is apparent and I don’t blame him a bit) but he also wants to win. Denver is a good spot for both of those things. The Cowboys stated upon his release that they’d be interested in bring him back after he tests the market. That’s just not going to happen. The move to cut Ware has been planed all offseason. We saw that when Jerry Jones went very public with his hardball offer.
This is a breakup. Period. The Cowboys want to see other people and DeMarcus is just fine with trying new things too. As I said in an article earlier this week, replacing Ware is no simple task.
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