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Broncos, DeMarcus Ware agree to deal

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos kept their free agency focus on defense as they agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.

Ware didn't fully intend to agree to a deal right away with Denver when he flew into town Wednesday morning, but was persuaded by Broncos boss John Elway. The Hall of Fame quarterback turned executive stressed to Ware the Broncos' commitment to defense even with a prolific offense led by Peyton Manning.

It was backed up by agreements with defensive backs T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib to open free agency on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Ware says the Broncos are "trying to make a statement -- a statement we're a team to be reckoned with."

Ware was let go Tuesday by Dallas in a salary-cap move.


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