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.”
Pedal is always to the metal and fuel is still in the tank. #VroomVroom
— D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) December 28, 2016
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.
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.
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