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“Soft retirement” possible for DeMarcus Ware

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Pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware has retired after 12 seasons in the NFL. That doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be a 13th.

Ware, a free agent, can return whenever he wants, for whomever he wants. Appearing on Tuesday’s PFT Live, Vic Lombardi of Altitude Sports Network in Denver suggested that it will be a “soft retirement” for Ware, with the player potentially returning at some point later this year.

Indeed, as of a week ago Ware was going to test the market. The offers he received (or didn’t receive) convinced him to announce his retirement via social media. Those offers, or the opportunities, could improve as time passes.

Lombardi said that Ware remains in great shape. Back issues have plagued him in recent years, but given the manner in which he performed down the stretch in 2015 (with 4.5 sacks in the team’s final four games), a contender come November could be interested in adding Ware to the mix, both for what he can do on the field and how he can mentor younger players.

Ware turns 35 on July 31, and if he spends the next several months getting himself as healthy and fit as possible, he could barnstorm into a hand-picked city with the goal of playing a handful of regular-season games, hitting his stride in the postseason, and potentially walking away with a championship like John Elway, Jerome Bettis, Michael Strahan, and Peyton Manning did.

Whatever Ware does, he’s already done enough to join each of them in Canton. With 138.5 career sacks (only one less than Jason Taylor) and a Super Bowl ring on his resume, Ware will he immortalized sooner than later. The only question his football career has reached its final life expectancy.

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20 Responses to ““Soft retirement” possible for DeMarcus Ware”
  1. redlikethepig says: Mar 14, 2017 10:16 AM

    Roid up like mad since they can’t test retirees. Then stop and flush them out of your system. With 3 weeks left to the playoffs unretire. Come back a beast for one last run.

  2. accipiterq says: Mar 14, 2017 10:17 AM

    See you on the Patriots next year.

  3. realfann says: Mar 14, 2017 10:20 AM

    Won’t happen. This isn’t baseball.

  4. cropslx says: Mar 14, 2017 10:24 AM

    Carolina Panthers…lets do it!

  5. stipez says: Mar 14, 2017 10:27 AM

    Play in LA, don’t get much softer than that.

  6. formerworldchamps says: Mar 14, 2017 10:30 AM

    Come to the Giants to honor the man Parcells brought in to teach you during your rookie camp in Dallas,Lawrence Taylor!

  7. youafool says: Mar 14, 2017 10:36 AM

    Take the summer off and come join us in Big D and get your 2nd ring this year.

  8. kenberthiaume says: Mar 14, 2017 11:01 AM

    Why is he canton bound. Good player. So what.

  9. patsfaninus says: Mar 14, 2017 11:03 AM

    He’s done.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 14, 2017 11:06 AM

    Hopefully he replaced Boomer on CBS pregame show this fall.

  11. donbat67 says: Mar 14, 2017 11:10 AM

    They have a little blue pill for that .

  12. justtherealfacts says: Mar 14, 2017 11:11 AM

    If he is Canton bound, then James Harrison is also.

    Harrison 4 time all pro, 2 SB rings and defensive player of the year to boot!

  13. isleptwithoj says: Mar 14, 2017 11:16 AM

    If he goes back to Denever in November, they may be out of the playoff race.

  14. florio4president says: Mar 14, 2017 11:44 AM

    8th all time sack leader, 3rd all time sack per game edge rusher….ya…canton bound for all you dim wits…

  15. winningisabrees says: Mar 14, 2017 12:28 PM

    Yeah, I “soft retire” every Monday – Wednesday, Just ask my boss

  16. goldtooth80 says: Mar 14, 2017 12:36 PM

    I hate the cowboys but not their players, past or present.
    this guy is a MONSTER. If healthy, Jerry Jones should consider adding him mid season into the rotation because the cowboys pass rush is terrible!

  17. polegojim says: Mar 14, 2017 3:28 PM

    OH MAN… but in the mean time…


  18. jag1959 says: Mar 14, 2017 3:33 PM

    kenberthiaume says:
    Mar 14, 2017 11:01 AM
    Why is he canton bound. Good player. So what.

    13 64

    The current 5/1 down vote ratio on that comment gives me hope the trolls don’t outnumber the fans here after all.
    Beyond any shadow of a doubt Ware is a HoF player.

    A Giants fan.

  19. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 14, 2017 4:17 PM

    cropslx says:
    Carolina Panthers…lets do it!

    I see you’re a member of the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” school of thought (or in this case, get them to join you).

  20. ak185 says: Mar 14, 2017 4:24 PM

    He doesn’t want to play DE again. He might consider if a 3-4 team came calling, but the Broncos scheme change would mean he’d have to be a lineman full time and I’m guessing Demarcus is past that.

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