Saturday, August 23, 2014

Broncos rush to snap up Ware

Well, that didn’t take long.
Pass rusher DeMarcus Ware got a three-year, $30-million contract from the Denver Broncos yesterday—less than 24 hours after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.

Not quite keeping pace with the non-stop nature of Day 1 of free agency, Day 2 did include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers releasing cornerback Darrelle Revis after failing to trade him and wide receiver Eric Decker bolting Denver to sign with the N.Y. Jets.
Last night, Revis signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots for $12 million.
Other moves saw receiver Golden Tate leaving the Super Bowl champion Seahawks to play alongside All-Pro Calvin Johnson with the Detroit Lions while the Cleveland Browns cut two quarterbacks, Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.
The Revis move saved the Bucs a $1.5-million bonus that would have been due if he remained on the roster with his $16-million salary.
It also freed up room under the cap for a continuing roster overhaul under new coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht.
With Broncos’ executive John Elway showing the same ability to close a deal that he did during his Hall-of-Fame career as a quarterback, and used two years ago to lure Peyton Manning to Denver, Ware’s first team visit resulted in a deal that includes $20 million in guaranteed money.
“It’s a perfect fit for me,” Ware said at a news conference.
He’ll pair with linebacker Von Miller to give AFC champion Denver a pair of quarterback chasers.
Elway has been busy upgrading the defence during the first two days of the NFL’s free-agency period, adding cornerback Aqib Talib from the Patriots and safety T.J. Ward on Tuesday.
“Their mentality is a ‘now’ mentality,” Ware said about the Broncos. “Not looking forward to next season or the season after that.
“The time is now.”
The 31-year-old Ware had 117 sacks and went to seven Pro Bowls in nine seasons with the Cowboys.
He had a career-low six sacks last season, when he missed time with a thigh injury, then had off-season elbow surgery.
The Cowboys made another move to clear cap space yesterday—jettisoning receiver Miles Austin, as expected, saving about $5.5 million.
Austin’s release is effective June 1.
And they signed free-agent defensive linemen Terrell McClain and Jeremy Mincey.

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