Broncos sign pass rusher Ware in latest free agency splash

Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:22pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Premier free agent pass rusher DeMarcus Ware agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos, further fortifying the defense of the AFC champions, according to a report on the NFL's website on Wednesday.

Ware, 31, agreed to a three-year deal worth $30 million, with $20 million guaranteed, reported, citing a source informed of the negotiations.

The Broncos, who lost to Seattle in last month's Super Bowl, are striving to position themselves to take the last step to an NFL championship in adding Ware to Tuesday's acquisitions of cornerback Aqib Talib and hard-hitting safety T.J. Ward.

The Dallas Cowboys surprisingly released Ware on Tuesday, prior to the opening of free agency, in a cost-cutting move to position the club under the salary cap.

Ware is coming off an injury-plagued season in which his sack total dipped to a career-low six, after averaging 15.5 sacks per season before that.

Combining Ware with Von Miller could form the league's fiercest pass-rushing duo for Denver, who were drubbed 43-8 in last month's Super Bowl.

Denver has been aggressive before in adding key pieces through free agency.

Two years ago, the team successfully recruited the top free agent prize available in signing quarterback Peyton Manning.

Denver's splash in reaching terms with Ware followed Tuesday's frenetic opening day of the free agency signing period.   Continued...

Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware arrives for the Inaugural National Football League Honors at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar