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DeMarcus Ware reduces compensation, can earn it back with sacks

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Yes, Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware will see less money in his paycheck next season. However, he can earn back every penny.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Ware agreed to reduce his compensation from $10 million to $6.5 million. Of the amount, $4 million is fully guaranteed, which means he most likely won’t have to worry about being cut on the eve of the start of the regular season.

Ware, who turns 34 in July, can earn the $3.5 million back by registering sacks, in a formula that starts with eight and ends at 13.

Specifically, he gets $1.25 million for eight sacks, $2.5 million for nine, $3 million for 11, and $3.5 million for 13.

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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26 Responses to “DeMarcus Ware reduces compensation, can earn it back with sacks”
  1. theashleyguy says: Mar 12, 2016 3:25 PM

    I like it. I think more players should be on incentive-based contracts. Prove it and make your money. If you can’t produce, there is less of a cap hit.

  2. jag1959 says: Mar 12, 2016 3:34 PM

    Would like to see that type of win/win scenario more often

  3. hahalolrofl says: Mar 12, 2016 3:41 PM

    I agree with ashleyguy, this is the kind of contract that needs to become the norm in the NFL. I think if the incentive range is 8-13 sacks, DeMarcus should have a great chance to earn it all back.

    Im really happy that he came to Denver and was part of a pretty badass D that earned a SB ring. Not the greatest D ever (I’m a Bronco fan), but they peaked at the right time and brought the hurt for three playoff games. Thats all that matters. Awesome that he wants to stay in Denver.

  4. iseek11 says: Mar 12, 2016 3:46 PM

    That’s how it’s done.

  5. bigfan62 says: Mar 12, 2016 3:49 PM

    DeMarcus’ restructure just paid for inside LB Brandon Marshall’s new deal. Great news for Broncos fans!

  6. lennydpocketqb says: Mar 12, 2016 4:25 PM

    If winning the Super Bowl wasn’t enough he just became a lifelong hero in Denver.

  7. JaminJake says: Mar 12, 2016 4:30 PM

    This is what Elway was talking about when he meant people that want to be there. Ware wants to remain in Denver and values another shot at a ring over top dollar. Granted, he is in what could be his last season as a player and that would likely persuade someone to stay put instead of jump ship.

    People can say all they want about low balling Osweiler, but this was the same type of deal extended to QBs like Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. Both were furnished with prove it contracts and both performed and were awarded.

    Time will tell if we put Osweiler in the category of Manning, Stabler, and Plunkett or that of Mitchell and O’Donnell.

  8. packmanfan says: Mar 12, 2016 4:33 PM

    If every player was paid on a bonus system then I think we would be watching a much more interesting game.

    I really don’t get it why they can pay a QB millions and he doesn’t get them anywhere near a play off.

    Reward them after they do good. Not before when they may not.

  9. theawkwardyears says: Mar 12, 2016 4:55 PM

    Next time you judge players for holding out remember this.

  10. bassplucker says: Mar 12, 2016 5:01 PM

    Love it. He knows he is on the roster to get sacks – not hurries, pressures, knockdowns or any of the other faux stats out there now – and he’s willing to put that pressure on himself to get it done while helping his team’s cap situation in the process. Much respect.

  11. leftypointspread says: Mar 12, 2016 5:30 PM

    I realize it’s not exactly the same but when you can make another million or two by sacking the QBS 1 or 2 more times isn’t that similar to the Saints “bounty system”? Not picking on the Saints, they’re just the ones who got caught.

  12. shalakka says: Mar 12, 2016 6:10 PM

    I wish baseball would do the same contracts and drop the guarantee on the contracts. I think it hurts the game to pay players that aren’t even on the team anymore.

  13. fanofpft says: Mar 12, 2016 6:15 PM

    Fins should use this contract as a model to sign Wake.

  14. oddte says: Mar 12, 2016 6:45 PM

    Probably a better QB than anything they have on their roster right now.

  15. dbfan4ever says: Mar 12, 2016 7:06 PM

    Ware has always been a classy guy this just is more proof!

  16. coreycroom says: Mar 12, 2016 7:23 PM

    Anyone else fascinated that the 9th sack is worth $1.25m? Even for a guy who’s earned a lot, that’s a valuable sack. Hope it’s not a half sack.

  17. iseek11 says: Mar 12, 2016 7:32 PM

    Clady, you’re next up. Follow suit.

  18. iseek11 says: Mar 12, 2016 7:35 PM

    bigfan62 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 3:49 PM
    DeMarcus’ restructure just paid for inside LB Brandon Marshall’s new deal. Great news for Broncos fans!
    ____________________
    Yep. This guy gets it like Malik Jackson never will.

  19. sportsfan18 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:09 PM

    theashleyguy says:
    Mar 12, 2016 3:25 PM

    I like it. I think more players should be on incentive-based contracts. Prove it and make your money. If you can’t produce, there is less of a cap hit.

    106- 12
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    Incentives for things like this are dangerous in sports… They cause guys to play for themselves rather than the team.

    If a wideout gets more money with more catches, he’ll whine about not being targeted enough.

    Why bunt a baserunner over when a batter can swing away, try for a hit, a HR, an RBI…?

    I get more money for more sacks? Well, I’m gonna stay on the field even when I’m tired and should sub out as a fresher teammate on the sidelines would help the team out better but I gotta try for my millions so I’m not going out…

    These can work, but I’m just saying that in sports in general, it’s a slippery slope with production incentives. How many snaps played, in what position, 50% of the snaps, X amount of at bats and on and on.

    Team goals and winning need to come before an individuals contract and money…

  20. denverdave3 says: Mar 12, 2016 9:30 PM

    When the time comes there will be lotsa 9th sack signs in the stands. The whole fanbase will be thrilled when it happens.

  21. j0esixpack says: Mar 12, 2016 11:06 PM

    What a career this guy has had. Patriots fan here but I remember when Parcells grabbed him before Belichick. It was clear even then he was special

  22. bengalsfan2079 says: Mar 13, 2016 5:09 AM

    As much as people like to hammer on Sanchez guy isn’t really all that horrible. He’s average and Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson were average to. Sanchez has been to 2 AFC title games. Is he really ideal? No but Denver is going to be fine with that defense no matter who plays qb.

  23. mikeshoe says: Mar 13, 2016 5:51 AM

    For some reason, when I read this headline I saw, “…can earn it back with snacks”. I can see the camera panning to a shot of DeMarcus on the bench, groaning and holding a bloated belly while surrounded by empty Funyuns and Doritos wrappers. And behind him would be a waiter offering him a mint and saying, “It’s only wafer thin.” (Extra credit if you get the reference.)

  24. danm1978 says: Mar 13, 2016 8:50 AM

    leftypointspread says:
    Mar 12, 2016 5:30 PM
    I realize it’s not exactly the same but when you can make another million or two by sacking the QBS 1 or 2 more times isn’t that similar to the Saints “bounty system”? Not picking on the Saints, they’re just the ones who got caught.
    ———————————————————
    Notthing like it at all, the bounties were to put players out of the game, this is just a natural part of the game and what pass rushers are judged on—getting sacks.

  25. danm1978 says: Mar 13, 2016 8:57 AM

    bigfan62 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 3:49 PM
    DeMarcus’ restructure just paid for inside LB Brandon Marshall’s new deal. Great news for Broncos fans!
    ———————-
    I think if any team wanted Brandon Marshall by now, we’d have heard about it. The second round tender is putting teams off. Not so sure he will get the contract this year.

  26. balanp97 says: Mar 14, 2016 7:52 AM

    Thank GOD, I was getting worried that he might end up having to shop at a food bank or get his clothing at a Salvation Army store. At age 34 and getting 6.5 Million he should be thankful they didn’t cut his ass from the team. Not a lot of calling for a 34 year old LB/Pass rusher in the NFL these days. At his age he wouldn’t be offered more than 3 mil on the open market, his best days are WAY behind him.

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