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DeMarcus Ware met with Rams before retiring

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DeMarcus Ware dropped the curtain on his run as one of the NFL’s best pass rushers of all time on Monday when he announced his retirement.

In his announcement, Ware said that “long term health and quality of life outweigh the spark and passion to play” that he once had and Ware came to that conclusion after taking some time to gauge options to continue his career. He spoke to the Broncos recently and Field Yates of reports that Ware spent time with the Rams last weekend before making his retirement plans public.

Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times adds that Ware was in Los Angeles for other business and took a meeting with Rams head coach Sean McVay and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Ware and Phillips know each other well after working together in both Dallas and Denver, but nothing materialized for a third tour of duty together.

The Rams have parted ways with defensive ends Eugene Sims and William Hayes this offseason, so they may still be in the market for help even if it won’t come with the kind of resume Ware has in his pocket.

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11 Responses to “DeMarcus Ware met with Rams before retiring”
  1. kcchefs58 says: Mar 14, 2017 8:23 AM

    Ah, so they’re the reason he decided to hang ’em up…

  2. dansardo says: Mar 14, 2017 8:29 AM

    He was a great player back in the day but it’s pretty clear no team in the NFL thought he was worth what he wanted to play anymore.

  3. streetyson says: Mar 14, 2017 8:51 AM

    He would’ve commanded too much salary and wouldn’t have helped (except as maybe mentor). Soon to turn 35, he started just 2/3rds of last 2 seasons, just 4 sacks last year, ruptured his back. Dude should have hung ’em up after 2015. A career in sports TV awaits.

  4. TheBabadook says: Mar 14, 2017 8:52 AM

    That would make anyone retire

  5. dal1as says: Mar 14, 2017 9:20 AM

    I would retire too if I realized “I just met with the Rams” Ugh

  6. cletuspstillwaterjr says: Mar 14, 2017 9:28 AM

    That is classy. He probably knew he wanted to retire, but he showed respect and gave his old coach a meeting when requested and had the maturity to hear him out. If only more NFL player handled themselves in a professional manner like this, it would be a better league.

  7. wrongowright says: Mar 14, 2017 9:38 AM

    Perhaps he visited the Rams to interview for a coaching position under the tutelage of Phillips.

  8. tfootball1234 says: Mar 14, 2017 9:40 AM

    Very classy guy.

  9. mcjon22 says: Mar 14, 2017 10:17 AM

    If I met with the Rams, I’d probably retire too

  10. grogansheroes says: Mar 14, 2017 11:16 AM

    He just wanted a free trip to LA.

  11. jimmyt says: Mar 14, 2017 12:41 PM

    Why go to a team with no chance of winning anything? The Rams are a mess. They won’t be contending for anything meaningful for a long while.

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