It’s that time of year—the slow period on the NFL calendar. Accordingly, the NFL Network is unveiling their Top 100 Players of 2015. Last week, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders checked in at No. 95. This week, Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware made the list at No. 87.
After almost a decade in Dallas, Ware signed a three-year, $30M contract in March of 2014 with the Broncos. He immediately made his presence felt in the locker room and on the grid-iron. He finished the season with 10 sacks, 30 QB hurries and 12 QB hits. This earned him a +4.8 cumulative grade via Pro Football Focus.
Ware helped lead the Broncos defense to be ranked in the top-5 in the league. For his efforts, he was elected to his eighth Pro Bowl. He also seemed to have a steadying effect on Von Miller, who grew up idolizing Ware.
After a 2013 season plagued by off-the-field drama, which culminated in a six-game suspension, Miller seemed to turn the ship around in 2014 and there’s little doubt that Ware had a little something to do with that.
Ware is one of the classiest competitors in the NFL. Although he seemed to fade down the stretch last season, Broncos fans can expect to see a more dominant Ware in 2015, playing outside linebacker in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense, which should open Ware up to many more one-on-one situations.
Mano a mano, it is almost impossible to stop DeMarcus Ware.
In the video below, Brandon Perna recounts the Broncos 2014 free agency process, which included the signing of DeMarcus Ware.