Sources reported that DeMarcus Ware signed a $30 million, three-year contract with the Broncos that includes a guaranteed $20 million, and price per head sportsbooks believe that the team made a great move in signing the player.
Pay per head services learned that the Broncos announced the signing of the Pro Bowl pass-rusher on Wednesday, but the financial terms were not yet confirmed.
According to the source, the deal will see the 31-year-old Ware get $13 million in 2014, which is $250,000 more than he was scheduled to make from the Dallas Cowboys, who released the player on Tuesday. The source said that Ware’s $7 million salary in 2015 will also be guaranteed.
The deal is dependent on Ware passing a physical exam on Wednesday.
Ware had two bone chips taken out of his elbow three weeks ago, but price per head sportsbooks were glad to hear that the player’s recovery seems to be going well, and that at least a dozen teams showed interest once he was released by the Cowboys.
The Broncos added Ware, safety T.J. Ward, and cornerback Aqib Talib in a 24-hour span.
“[Ware and Talib] are two great players,” Ward told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “I know what they do on the field. I know those are two players I admire. We’ll work well together.”
Sources said that the Broncos agreed with Talib on a $57 million, six-year contract. Pay per head services learned that the team added Ward earlier on Tuesday.
“We all have those leadership qualities and we can all help this team, this defense progress in that area,” Ward said. “Just experience, leadership, physical qualities — [I] think we’ve seen with Seattle last year that definitely defense wins championships.”
Dallas released Ware, who is their all-time sack leader, so they could save $7.4 million against the salary cap, and price per head sportsbooks saw how difficult this proved to be for the team. In a statement released on Tuesday, Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ owner and general manager, said that it was an “extremely difficult” decision.
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Pay per head services saw that the player made 117 sacks in nine seasons with Dallas, and he earned Pro Bowl honors every year from 2006 to 2012, but in 2013 he had a career-low of six sacks and didn’t play in the first three games due to a quadriceps strain. Ware, who will turn 32 in July, was set to count $16.003 million against the Cowboy’s cap with a base salary of $12.25 million.