Denver Broncos Spend Huge Early in Free Agency
The Denver Broncos knew they were all in when they signed Peyton Manning in 2012. The surefire Hall of Fame quarterback, who was already 36 at the time, not to mention recovering from multiple spinal surgeries, was clearly on the back end of his career. So Denver went to work right away, assembling a squad that would make history (and the Super Bowl) in 2013.
And then they lost. Badly. While there was some idle speculation before the big game that Manning might retire, the loss seems to have quashed that for good. The Broncos want to win, and they want to win now. Heading into free agency armed with an ample amount of cap space, Denver went to work quickly and finished the beginning salvos of free agency with three new high-profile players: former Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware, former Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward, and former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib.
Ware, one of the NFL’s best pass rushers and the Cowboys’ all-time leader in sacks (117), was a Pro Bowler last season, as were Ward and Talib. The Broncos signed him to a three-year, $30 million contract, but because the National Football League never guarantees more money than they have to, the deal is for $13 million this year and $20 million guaranteed overall, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.