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DeMarcus Ware Wants to Retire in Dallas
According to Rowan Kavner of DallasCowboys.com, newly acquired defensive end DeMarcus Ware has aspirations to retire as a member of the Cowboys.
"I thought I was always going to be a Dallas Cowboy," Ware said. "That was really, really big for me. I played well for nine years, so I never thought that they would get rid of me."
Ware is a classy player, to be sure, but if his other goal is to win a Super Bowl, he may have come to the perfect place.
Ware is still a very strong player and one of the league's best pass-rushers. The difference this year is that he won't have to do it himself.
He has never been part of a defense as talented as the one the Broncos will field in 2014, nor has he played with another player with the athletic gifts that are possessed by Von Miller.
Ware should have more fun this year than he has before as well, mainly because he'll be winning and chasing a championship.
Broncos Trade for Kicker
Meet the newest member of the Denver Broncos, Brandon McManus.
On Tuesday, Pro Football Talk announced that the Broncos traded a conditional draft pick in exchange for the kicker who the New York Giants had declared they were going to waive.
McManus fell short in the kicking competition in New York, being beaten out by veteran Josh Brown, but the Broncos obviously see something in him that they really like.
One can assume that the Broncos felt another team ahead of them in the waive order would pounce on McManus, so they decided to make sure they got their man.
McManus has a very strong leg, which may be even stronger in the thin air of Denver, but he is coming to the Broncos on a very part-time deal.
Matt Prater will sit out the first four games of the season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, and McManus will be tasked with having to hold down the fort until he gets back.
During his college career at Temple, McManus made just 72.3 percent of his kicks (60 of 83), but the Broncos may like him specifically for his ability to pound the ball out of the end zone on kickoffs.
Still, it seems just keeping Mitch Ewald around or bringing in the recently released (Pro Football Talk via ESPN's Adam Schefter) Jay Feely would have made just as much sense.
Andre Caldwell, Cody Latimer the Next Men Up
It remains unclear just how much time Wes Welker will miss due to his most recent concussion, but the Broncos have players who are ready and able to step into larger roles.
Andre Caldwell signed a new two-year deal in March and has caught 141 career passes, but he may be called on to play his biggest role in Denver since the team signed him as a free agent in 2012.
While Latimer wasn't seen as a need when the team drafted him in the second round, this is exactly why it did.
Welker missed three games last season, and despite being arguably the best slot receiver in NFL history, he has also become very fragile.
Latimer brings a combination of good hands, athleticism and great blocking ability that can efficiently replace Welker, if necessary.