The Broncos are expected to use their franchise tag to ensure that outside linebacker Von Miller remains with the team whether they can agree on a long-term deal or not, but the outlook for Miller’s partner on the other side in 2016 isn’t so clear.
There have been reports from Denver that DeMarcus Ware could be asked to take a pay cut if he’s going to remain with the team. Ware is set to make $10 million in salary and a roster bonus and has a cap charge of just under $11.7 million, most of which the Broncos would get back for other purposes if they were to part ways with the veteran pass rusher.
On Wednesday, coach Gary Kubiak indicated that conversations about how things will play out with Ware have yet to happen.
“Obviously you know I think the world of him and what he did for our football team,” Kubiak said, via the Denver Post. “John [Elway] will visit with all those players. For me right now, I am trying to give all those guys a break and let them enjoy what took place.”
Shaquil Barrett and Shane Ray give the Broncos a pair of in-house options to put across from Miller in the event they do wind up moving on from Ware this offseason. While he battled injuries over the course of the year, Ware’s 7.5 sacks in the regular season and strong play in the postseason should ensure he’s not out of work long if he is out in Denver.