close_menu
THE DAILY ROLL

Broncos

Landry: Broncos have draft options, ‘inclined to move on’ from Ware

Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) lines up in the second half against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field. Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

There are many things certain about the career of Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro, and a Super Bowl champion.

He’s arguably one of the best pass rusher in NFL, and a bust in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame likely awaits him once he hangs up his cleats.

What’s uncertain, however, is Ware’s future in Denver and exactly how much he has left to offer the Broncos.

After being placed on injured reserve with an injured back in late-December, Ware tweeted that “fuel is still in the tank.”

However, Chris Landry, former coach and NFL scout and founder of LandryFootball.com, questioned “with all due respect” how much Ware actually has left.

“I’d be more inclined to move on (if I were the Broncos). I think that at the right price he has some value, but it’s very situational,” Landry told 104.3 The Fan’s Sandy Clough on Wednesday.

Landry said there are options in the draft for the Broncos to add depth at that pass rushing position while also adding youth to the defense.

Specifically, Landry pointed to defensive ends Charles Harris, from Missouri, and Jordan Willis, from Kansas State, as potential targets, along with Alabama outside linebacker Ryan Anderson.

The pass rush is “what makes that defense go, that and that secondary,” Landry said of the Broncos, and he said he thinks younger is the direction to go to maintain that philosophy.

“You’ve always got to think young, and you’ve always got to remember that guys kind of fall down off the map,” Landry said.

No doubt Ware’s impact has been felt by the Broncos, maybe no more than in being a mentor to one of the NFL’s elite young defenders, Von Miller.

And Denver has given Ware a Super Bowl championship and the platform to redeem himself after an injury-plagued final season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2013.

However, each year with the Broncos Ware’s statistics have diminished, and in 2016, for the first time in his career, he failed to start more than half his team’s games during the season.

An aggravated back caused Ware the entire offseason and preseason ahead of the 2016 regular season, the final in his three-year, $30 million deal with Denver, and the linebacker missed five games with a forearm injury.

Ware played in 10 games, with eight starts, before being placed on IR before the team’s season finale with an injured back, which he had surgery to correct in January.

Follow digital content producer Johnny Hart on Twitter: @JohnnyHart7.

Podcasts

Schlereth and Evans

Spend your morning tapping into the wealth of sport knowledge from three-time Super Bowl champion and former Broncos offensive lineman Mark "Stink" Schlereth and longtime Denver sports radio voice Mike Evans. Schlereth spent 12 seasons in the NFL, earning two trips to the Pro Bowl and winning a Super Bowl with the Redskins and two with the Broncos. He's also a longtime NFL analyst for ESPN and supporting cast member of "Ballers" on HBO. Evans has graced the sports radio airwaves for two decades, 15 years in Denver. He's a proud graduate of Syracuse University.rn

Polumbus and Cecil

Inject your morning routine with great football discussion and analysis with former NFL offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus and Fan Broncos Insider Cecil Lammey. Tyler, a native of Denver, went to Cherry Creek High School and played football at the University of Colorado before an eight-year NFL career that culminated with a Super Bowl 50 championship with the Denver Broncos. Lammey, one of the nation's most respected football analysts, gets you the inside scoop — from reports from the Broncos' UCHealth Training Center to college football all-star games (East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl) to the NFL combine and draft. He's an authority on NFL prospects from across the country.

Sandy Clough

Let Sandy Clough, one of the most recognizable voices in Denver sports radio, guide you through your work day every weekday leading into the afternoon. Sandy's been the authority in sports radio for nearly four decades in Denver. No other show will give you the insight and experience that Sandy provides.

Stokley and Zach

Kick off your afternoon with Stokley and Zach, featuring two-time Super Bowl champion Brandon Stokley and radio veteran Zach Bye. Stokley earned his two NFL titles with the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts and spent two stints with the Denver Broncos. Bye hails from the Empire State and is the former voice of the University of Albany Great Danes football, basketball and lacrosse programs. Follow them on Twitter: @bstokley14 and @byesline.

The Drive with Big Al and D-Mac

Big Al and DMac help you get through the end of your day with the best afternoon sports radio talk show in Denver. DMac is a 1991 graduate of Syracuse University and has covered Colorado sports for The Fan since 2008. Alfred Williams, a College Football Hall of Famer, won the 1990 Butkus Award and was the captain for that year's consensus National Champion University of Colorado squad. He played nine years in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos.

Morning Brew

Each morning at 6:30, get your day started right as “Schlereth and Evans” serves up “The Morning Brew.” Mark Schlereth and Mike Evan take you around the world of sports, taking in and breaking down the top stories of the day. So tune in to get your fix before you head out into the world for the day. And it’s all brought to you every morning by McDonalds.

Terry Wickstrom Outdoors

Terry Wickstrom, the authority in everything outdoors, talks fishing, hunting, camping and more every Saturday morning.rnWickstrom, host of the popular television show "Angling Adventures" and previously "Mountain States Fishing," is a nationally published outdoor author, an accomplished multi-species angler, and has served on the "pro staff" of many top fishing industry companies.rn

In The Fairway

Jerry Walters and Cousin Ray Best provide up-to-the-minute details about golf in Colorado, rules and all the professional tours. The Boys of Summer interview the biggest names in golf every Saturday mornings throughout the golf season.

About the Author

Johnny Hart

Johnny Hart is a digital content producer for Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan and 1043thefan.com. He's a proud graduate of Colorado State University, and he has covered Denver-area professional sports since 2012. Follow Johnny on Twitter: @johnnyhart7.

close_menu
THE DAILY ROLL