DeMarcus Ware says he had a $9 million offer for 2017

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Some think DeMarcus Ware retired a week after making it clear that he planned to keep playing because he was getting little or no interest in free agency. That may not have been the case.

Ware recently told Peter King of that a team offered him $9 million for 2017.

Ware didn’t disclose the team, or the details of the offer. (He met with the Rams before returning.) Last year, Ware reduced a $10 million salary to $6.5 million with the Broncos, including a chance to make the difference back via a formula that consisted of $1.25 million for eight sacks, $2.5 million for nine, $3 million for 11, and $3.5 million for 13. (He had four sacks, in 10 games.)

Whatever was, or wasn’t, on the table foe 2017, the question becomes whether Ware will come back at some point before or during the season.

“[M]y body feels great,” Ware said. “My body feels youthful. There is no question in my mind that I could have played two or three more years. But I’m realistic about it. My body’s good now, but how long will that last? How long can your body hold up at 34, 35, when what you do is likely to hurt yourself?”

When October or November or December rolls around — and Ware possibly feels even better than he does now — will he decide to return for a limited run with a team that seems to be ready to make a run at a Super Bowl? No matter how he feels about continuing now, he may feel very differently when football season begins without him.

“How many times when I go through a full season do I feel great from start to finish?” Ware said.

The easy way to avoid that is to not go through a full season, but to hand-pick the date and location of his return, with the goal of getting a second ring, walking off into the sunset as a champion, and removing any doubt (there should be none) as to whether he’ll make it to Canton on the first try.

9 responses to “DeMarcus Ware says he had a $9 million offer for 2017

  1. He should have said $100,000,000. If you’re not going to get it you may as well not get $100,000,000.

  2. Body feels youthful = HGH

    He did get the biggest of his career there at the end. lmao

  3. snake11s says:
    Mar 16, 2017 10:37 AM

    Why do you suggest Ware is a first ballot HoF’er? I don’t see a slam dunk there.


    Exactly. Sure he has a bunch of stats and ranks very highly in a bunch of all time lists, but if that was all it takes to get into the Hall of Fame we could just get computers to do it.

    What really matters is what kind of teammate was he? Was he polite and courteous to his colleagues? Did he help little old ladies to cross the street? The Hall of Fame voters have made it clear that these are the questions that truly matter.

  4. So when Brady says he feels youthful at 40, it’s all because of strict diet, when anyone else feels youthful then it’s HGH. I don’t like the double standard.

  5. Whatever was, or wasn’t, on the table foe 2017, the question becomes whether Ware will come back at some point before or during the season

    Keepin’ it real Mike. Foe sho.

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