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DeMarcus Ware | Defensive Lineman

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/31/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 258
College: Troy
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DeMarcus Ware said he feels "better than I did the last two years going into the season."
"Stronger, faster. I feel flexible," Ware added. The 32-year-old has dropped weight after playing around 270 pounds last season as a defensive end. He's still going to play end for the Broncos, but expects to be in more two-point stances as an edge rusher in Denver. Ware has also been dabbling in an eastern medicine technique called "cupping," where he lies flat on his stomach and puts a bunch of empty jars on his back. A hot flame is put in them, and it supposedly "sucks that bad blood out" of your pores. Whatever works for ya, DeMarcus. Jul 18 - 12:11 PM
Source: Denver Post

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Broncos agreed to terms with DE DeMarcus Ware, formerly of the Cowboys, on a three-year, $30 million contract.

Throwing the post-Peyton Manning years to the wind, the Broncos are shelling out $20 million guaranteed for the ex-Cowboy. With Ware opposite Von Miller, the Broncos now have one of the league's fiercest pass-rush duos. Going on 32, Ware's play slipped in 2013, but not to the degree some believe. His six sacks weren't indicative of the pass-rushing heat he generated, often on one leg. The Cowboys were hopeful of a reunion, but badly miscalculated Ware's value on the open market. Owner Jerry Jones' salary-cap incompetence means one of the greatest players in franchise history will now chase a ring elsewhere. Denver now lays claim to arguably the NFL's most imposing front seven east of Seattle.
Mar 12 - 1:58 PM

Updating an earlier item, free agent DeMarcus Ware will visit the Broncos.

It will be Ware's first visit, and quite possibly his last. Players rarely get away from their first visit, while Denver can offer Ware a shot at a Super Bowl title after years of toiling in Dallas. As long as Ware has realistic monetary demands, a deal can likely be worked out.
Mar 11 - 10:33 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Broncos have emerged as the favorites to sign free agent DE DeMarcus Ware.

It's worth noting Schefter reported the Seahawks had "emerged as the favorites" to sign Michael Bennett on Monday -- before signing Michael Bennett on Monday. So there's surely substance here. Denver always seemed like a strong landing spot for free agent Jared Allen, but Ware has more juice left in the tank and would form one of the NFL's most imposing pass-rush duos with Von Miller.
Mar 11 - 9:59 PM

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys and free agent DeMarcus Ware have both left the door open for a new deal.

According to reporter David Moore, Ware will give the Cowboys a chance to match before he signs an offer in free agency. "DeMarcus and I agreed on an understanding that would allow him to explore the options he will have for the 2014 season and beyond," owner Jerry Jones said. "We were also in very strong agreement that playing for the Dallas Cowboys would be one of the options we would both be exploring." Ware has reportedly already received calls from "six playoff teams."
Mar 11 - 7:27 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware is already drawing interest from "six playoff teams."

There's debate over how much Ware, 32 in July, has left in the tank, but it doesn't sound like he's going to be on the open market for long. Ware has averaged nearly a sack per game during his nine-year career, and missed only three lifetime contests. Of course, all three came in 2013, where Ware registered a career-low six sacks.
Mar 11 - 6:19 PM

Cowboys released DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware.

It's the end of an era that saw Ware make seven Pro Bowl teams and be named an All-Pro four times. The Cowboys really had no other choice. Ware was unwilling to take a pay cut, and Dallas had less than $1 million in cap space. Ware, 32 in July, battled injuries in 2013 but still should attract plenty of suitors on the open market. The move clears a shade over $7.4 million in cap space, while the Cowboys will eat over $8.5 million in "dead money." Ware has 117 career sacks.
Mar 11 - 3:51 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports DeMarcus Ware has requested the Cowboys to decide his future by Tuesday's 4PM ET start of free agency.

It's a complicated situation, as the Cowboys would create $7.432 million in immediate cap space by cutting Ware now, but also $8.571 million in 2014 dead money. That number would fall to $3.25 million if Ware was designated as a post-June 1 cut, but Ware's full salary would remain on the books until June 1, creating no immediate cap room. The Cowboys need all the immediate room they can get, and seemingly want to take as long as possible to make a decision.
Mar 11 - 11:54 AM

ESPN Dallas reports DeMarcus Ware believes he can "get a payday in free agency" if the Cowboys release him.

In other words, he's not feeling pressure to take a pay cut. The Cowboys need Ware to significantly slash his $12.25 million salary if they're to have any breathing room in free agency. It's understandable why Ware would bet on himself — his résumé needs no inflation — but he showed major signs of breaking down in 2013. Teams would have to be in a gambling mood to commit big bucks to a 32-year-old (in July) pass rusher.
Mar 6 - 9:34 PM

The Cowboys have informed DeMarcus Ware they "definitely want to keep him," but not at his current salary.

Ware is due $12.25 million this season, and $13.75 million in 2015. For once, it appears the Cowboys are actually prodding someone to take a cut, and not just kick the salary-cap can down the road in the form of a restructure. It's unclear how amenable Ware is to a pay-cut. Unless he's open to a massive reduction, it's quite possible he'll be granted his release.
Mar 4 - 6:03 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, there is "no communication" between the Cowboys and RE DeMarcus Ware.

Jerry Jones has publicly hinted twice in the past three days that Ware may be cut, and the Cowboys have yet to ask Ware to take a pay reduction. Ware is not expected back in Dallas unless he agrees to slash his salary. Per the NFL's most recent salary cap data, the Cowboys are a league-high $18.9 million over. The Cowboys and Steelers (- $6.75 million) are the only clubs over the cap.
Feb 26 - 8:51 PM

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones strongly hinted RE DeMarcus Ware could be released.

"There’s no question when you are where we are on the cap, even though we’ve had some new cap space added, and you have a defensive player that’s your highest paid defensive player, and he hasn’t been on the field much the last two years, that has to be considered," Jones said. "You can’t have it all." The Cowboys don't really have many options. They're nearly $20 million over the cap and cutting Ware would present the biggest savings ($7.4 million). Ware is just one of plenty tough decisions Dallas has to make the next two weeks.
Feb 24 - 7:23 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones insists the team's salary-cap problems are a minor issue.

Dallas is estimated to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million over the 2014 cap. "The only thing the cap issues do with us is we can’t be big players in free agency," Jones claimed. "I think history will tell you that being a big player in free agency is overrated and usually detrimental to the growth of a franchise, because a lot of these guys are leaving their other team for a reason." Jones' second point isn't invalid, but it's extremely wishful thinking to cast Dallas' issues as minor. Big D has many hard decisions to make, none harder than the future of DeMarcus Ware. Jerry Jones has toed the line between salary-cap management and madness for years on end, but could be getting close to an implosion.
Feb 24 - 1:20 PM

DeMarcus Ware underwent successful right elbow surgery Tuesday.

Ware, who is a strong candidate for release or restructure, is not expected to miss any of the offseason program. He'll argue that the nerve issue in his elbow has contributed to the sharp decline in his play of late, and ESPN Dallas notes that Larry Allen has a similar procedure in 2002 and never had an issue again. Regardless, Ware isn't worth a $12.25 million base salary and $16 million cap charge as he enters his age-32 season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 19 - 10:10 AM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says the team is "getting the lay of the land" with DeMarcus Ware's contract.

The same is true of Miles Austin. "Obviously, DeMarcus had a hell of a career, but when we’re in the cap situation that we’re in and obviously counting as much as he is obviously you have to look at it along with several others," Jones admitted. Austin is considered as good as gone, but it's unclear how serious of a candidate Ware is to be released. He'll certainly be asked to reduce his $12.25 million base salary.
Feb 18 - 11:51 PM

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