DeMarcus Ware and the Denver Broncos have agreed to a restructured contract, according to multiple reports.
ESPN’s Jeff Legwold first reported the news. Ware will receive a $2 million signing bonus, with both sides seeing him in a third-down pass-rushing role. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Ware will play for a reduced salary, but be able to make back his original $10 million through contract incentives.
Ware, 33, is a leader in Denver’s locker room and was set to make $7 million next season, with a $3 million bonus set to kick in Sunday, according to The Denver Post. He finished with 7.5 sacks last season despite missing five games with a back issue and helped the Broncos on their run to the Super Bowl, playing an active role in the championship game.
The Broncos have retained Ware and linebacker Von Miller, but have seen defensive end Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan among the key departures from their title-winning defense. With Peyton Manning retired, Brock Osweiler now a member of the Texans and Mark Sanchez acquired via trade, Denver will have a different-looking roster next season.