DeMarcus Ware to stay with Broncos on restructured contract

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on September 17, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — DeMarcus Ware, one of the key players on the Broncos defense, will be staying with the team.

ESPN’s Jeff Legwold reported the Broncos are working to restructure Ware’s contract.

Ware signed with the Broncos in 2014 on a three-year, $30 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.  He was due to make $7 million in 2016 with a $3 million roster bonus due Sunday.

The restructured contract reduces Ware’s base salary, but he will receive a $2 million bonus on signing, with an opportunity to earn his original $10 million salary back based on incentives.

Both sides during negotiations see Ware’s role in 2016 as a third-down rusher, according to Legwold.

This limited role will help Ware stay healthy after a back injury kept him out and limited his effectiveness in the second half the 2015 season.

The 34-year-old edge rusher still showed in the 2015 season that he’s a force to be reckoned with.

Playing in 11 games, Ware ranked second on the team with 7.5 sacks and tied for second with Malik Jackson in quarterback hits (16). In the Broncos’ three-game run to the Super Bowl 50 title, Ware had 3.5 sacks and recovered a fumble for a Broncos touchdown.

Ware was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October 2015.

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