31-Year-Old Defensive End – Denver Broncos
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Shaun Phillips made it to the 10-sack plateau just once in his six seasons prior to 2013, but he managed to get there a second time during his lone season with the Broncos last year. Ware heads into D...
DeMarcus Ware Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Broncos in March of 2014.
Ware (elbow) has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Broncos, ESPN.com reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The 31-year-old Ware is coming off a season in which he recorded 40 tackles and a career-low six sacks in 13 games for the Cowboys, but it was his reluctance to restructure his deal that led to his release, which saves the Cowboys $7.4 million against the team's 2014 salary cap. Ware is recovering from a recent surgery to repair nerve damage in his elbow, but he expects to return to form in 2014 now that he's had that issue addressed.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With the surgery deemed a success, Ware is not expected to miss any time during the Cowboys' upcoming offseason program. The defensive end is coming off a 2013 season in which he recorded a career-low six sacks in 13 games, as he dealt with back, quadriceps and elbow issues. Slated to earn $12.25 million this season, Ware remains a candidate for a contract restructuring as the offseason progresses.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ware, who has been dealing with elbow issues over the past two seasons, recorded a career-low six sacks in 2013, while missing the first three games of his NFL career due to a quad strain. Assuming no injury setbacks once his elbow is healed up, the 31-year-old Ware is a bounce-back a candidate in IDP formats in the wake of a campaign in which the DE endured various aches and pains.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ware recently had his elbow re-examined, and it was confirmed that offseason surgery would be a necessity to help get him back to full strength for the beginning of the 2014 season. The 31-year-old battled several ailments over the course of the season, which eventually resulted in a career-low six total sacks. Ware should fall down draft boards in leagues using IDPs due to his recent decline in productivity, but if he can get healthy, he may be in line for a bounce back season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ware's elbow was among the many ailments that hampered the defensive end throughout last season. After the Cowboys were eliminated from the playoff picture, Ware said he anticipated to have a scope done on his elbow to clean up bone fragments. Considering Ware carried the same injury into last offseason and opted the non-surgical route, it may be wise to expect him to finally go under the knife this offseason. Doing so could possibly to prevent further complications, which contributed toward Ware tallying a career-low six sacks in just 13 games played this year, his first incomplete season as a professional.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Cowboys are abandoning the 3-4 in favor of Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 alignment, and the resulting position switch makes the IDP values of Ware and fellow linebacker-turned-end Anthony Spencer skyrocket. No longer left to compete with players who routinely pile up 100 or more tackles, Ware should be one of the first IDPs picked in any format, even with a potential drop in tackles. He battled his way through elbow and shoulder injuries in 2012, both of which required offseason surgery, and still racked up 11.5 sacks despite playing at far less than 100 percent. Kiffin's 4-3 places a high emphasis on disrupting with speed and quickness, and the decreased emphasis on containment could allow Ware to get back into the 20-sack range. Kiffin once made Simeon Rice an annual contender for the league sack title, and Ware is a better player than Rice ever was.
With 99.5 sacks in just seven years, it goes without saying that Ware’s value gets a big boost in leagues that disproportionately value sack production. Even in leagues that don’t Ware’s consistently elite sack numbers keep him more relevant than other 3-4 outside linebackers, and back-to-back 84-tackle seasons in 2007 and 2008 give some hope for respectable tackle totals, too. Ware totaled 58 tackles (47 solo) and 19.5 sacks last year despite playing through a stinger, back spasms and a rib injury. You won’t find a more reliable pass rusher among 3-4 linebackers.
It says a lot about a player when 123 tackles (101 solo), 26.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles are considered down numbers over a two-year span. But there was a day when Ware totaled 168 tackles (129 solo), 34 sacks and 10 forced fumbles over the same time, so it’s easy to see why the expectations are so high. Perhaps new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan can get Ware back on the warpath, but his recent production still isn’t anything to complain about.
One of the league’s premiere pass-rushers, Ware racked up 11 sacks and 57 tackles in 2009 while playing through a litany of injuries (stress fracture in his foot, fractured wrist, strained neck, sore back) that would put most of us in the hospital. He should be back at full strength for the 2010 season — much to the chagrin of NFL quarterbacks. The last time Ware was healthy for a full season, he racked up 20 sacks and 84 tackles — even getting close to those numbers would make him an IDP star.
Ware finished the 2008 season just two-and-a-half Brett Favre lay-downs from tying Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record of 22.5 and has increased his sack output every year he’s been in the league, going from eight to 11.5 to 14 to 20 last year. The reason he doesn’t rate higher among IDP linebackers is tackles – 84 is a nice number for a defensive lineman, but a pedestrian total for a ‘backer. He’s often used like a defensive end, taking advantage of his excellent speed out of a two-point stance in pass-rushing situations. Move Ware up significantly if your league requires a defensive lineman, and Ware is listed as such.
Ware led all linebackers with 14 sacks in 2007. He also added four forced fumbles to his 84 tackles. One of the NFL's foremost sack threats, Ware increased his total from eight sacks as a rookie to 11.5 in 2006 to 14 last season. He also increased his tackles by 13 each season, though 84 is still low for a linebacker. That can be explained by the fact that head coach Wade Phillips employs a 3-4 format that often utilizes Ware as a pass-rushing linebacker. In many ways, Ware plays like a defensive end. He has great speed, although he is undersized at 251 pounds. Don't ignore Ware too long because he's a monster in the sack category and especially useful for a flex IDP position.
Ware led the Cowboys with 11.5 sacks and added 71 tackles, an INT, five defended passes and a TD in his second NFL season. Look for him to take his game to another level in Wade Phillips' version of the 3-4 defense, and for Ware to become a true IDP stud.
Had eight sacks and 58 tackles as a rookie, but has the talent, tools and drive to increase that sack total by 50% or more. A future IDP stud.
11th overall pick could be a very disruptive force in opposition backfields from a weakside LB/DE position in the 3-4 defense. Don't be surprised if he's among the NFL's sack leaders at season's end.