Broncos continue to improve defense; add former Cowboys DE/OLB Ware


Broncos continue to improve defense; add former Cowboys DE/OLB Ware

The Denver Broncos made another move Wednesday to improve their defense heading into 2014, in hopes of returning to, and winning the Super Bowl. In addition to the signing of former New England CB Aqib Talib earlier in the day, the Broncos also signed former Dallas Cowboys DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware to a reported 3-year/$30 million contract, with $20 million being guaranteed. Ware was the first round draft pick of the Cowboys in 2005, going 11th overall. He has recorded 117 sacks during his time in Dallas, with six sacks in 13 games in 2013.

The Broncos addition of Talib, Ware, and Safety T.J. Ward since the free agent signing period started Tuesday shows their commitment to the next season or two, trying to improve the area that was their weak point in 2013, their defense. Ware's contract is contingent on passing a team physical.

Fantasy Analysis:

I'll never be a neutral, non-biased fan, and I'll never make any bones about it. I have been a Broncos fan since the days of the Three Amigos and Karl Mecklenburg. While I've seen my team win a couple Super Bowls, I've also seen them lose four. Last season's was extremely difficult to watch as a fan, because they were simply outclassed. All season long, the team's weakness was their defense. Seeing them make the moves they have in the past 24 hours is telling their fans that they're all-in. I like it!!

From a Fantasy perspective, if you're in a league that uses defensive players, Ware could be a sack machine in 2014. If Denver's defense is remotely as potent as it was in 2013, opponents will be trailing early and often, which leads to more passing, which leads to more opportunities for sacks.

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