When NFL free agency opened on Tuesday, the Broncos decided it was their turn to be aggressive on the defensive side of the ball.
While they made a big splash signing both cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward on Tuesday; they created a tsunami on Wednesday, signing defensive end DeMarcus Ware to a three-year deal worth $30 million.
Released Tuesday by the Dallas Cowboys, Ware is coming off a career low six sacks during an injury-plagued 2013 campaign; but had accumulated at least 11 in the seven seasons prior. The 31-year-old was considered the best edge rusher on the market by NFL.com. Despite his aggressive play, Ware has only missed three games in his career.
Coupled with the Talib and Ward signings, the Broncos have now committed $110 million to upgrading their defense since free agency opened. Executive VP of Football Operations John Elway has brought in players known for their physicality, bringing to mind the feared “Orange Crush” units of yesteryear.
Elway has also, in Ware, found a pass rusher to pair alongside Von Miller. Now the Broncos can force offenses to pick their pass rush poison; a luxury they lost when a fax fiasco cost the team Elvis Dumervil last offseason.
With these acquisitions, Denver now takes some pressure of Peyton Manning, as Denver works to balance out the talent on both sides of the ball. Considering they were one win away from winning it all, an edge rusher like Ware may push the Broncos over the edge, and towards capturing the coveted Lombardi Trophy.