DeMarcus Ware accepted a reduced contract Saturday. He was scheduled to make $10 million in 2016, the final year of his three-year, $30 million deal he signed in 2014.
However, at almost 34 years old, rather than hit the open market again just two years after changing teams, he chose to stick with the Denver Broncos. Ware's 2016 compensation was reduced from $10 million to $6.5 million.
In fairness to Ware, the Broncos are giving him the opportunity to earn back the money — by way of sacks. With eight sacks in 2016, he gets back $1.25 million. He gets $2.5 million for nine, $3 million for 11 and $3.5 million for 13 sacks.
Here's an excerpt from ProFootballTalk's report on the new deal:
Ware and his representatives believed that he’d earn $10 million or more this year on the open market, but Ware didn’t want to change teams two years after leaving the Cowboys. Also, the reduction in pay is fair for both sides because he’ll now be on a reduced pitch count, with a target of roughly 35 snaps per game.
Ware also missed five games in 2015 due to back problems, which surely was one of the reasons for Denver’s request for protection moving forward. If he can’t play, he won’t get sacks and he will have a harder time earning back the money.
So it’s a win-win for both sides, keeping Ware in Denver and giving him a fair chance to make every penny he was previously due to make, with the extra $3.5 million being pushed into next year’s cap calculations.
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