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Pass rusher DeMarcus Ware to Denver

Pass rusher DeMarcus Ware got a $30 million, three-year contract from the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.


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Well, that didn’t take long.

Pass rusher DeMarcus Ware got a $30 million, three-year contract from the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.

Not quite keeping pace with the nonstop nature of Day 1 of free agency, Day 2 did include the Buccaneers releasing cornerback Darrelle Revis after failing to trade him and the Browns cutting two quarterbacks, Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.

Revis was immediately signed to a $12 million, one-year deal with New England, according to ESPN, but the Patriots had yet to confirm the deal.

The Revis move saved the Bucs a $1.5 million bonus that would have been due if he remained on the roster with his $16 million salary. It also freed up room under the cap for a continuing roster overhaul under new coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht.

With Broncos executive John Elway showing the same ability to close a deal that he did during his Hall of Fame career as a quarterback — and used two years ago to lure Peyton Manning to Denver — Ware’s first team visit resulted in a deal that includes $20 million in guaranteed money.

“It’s a perfect fit for me,” Ware said.

He will pair with linebacker Von Miller to give AFC champion Denver two quarterback chasers. Elway has been busy upgrading the defense during the first two days of the NFL’s free-agency period, adding cornerback Aqib Talib from the Patriots and safety T.J. Ward on Tuesday.

“Their mentality is a ‘now’ mentality,” Ware said about the Broncos. “Not looking forward to next season or the season after that. The time is now.”

Ware, 31, had 117 sacks and went to seven Pro Bowls in nine seasons with the Cowboys. He had a career-low six sacks last season, when he missed time with a thigh injury, then had offseason elbow surgery.

The Broncos did lose wide receiver Eric Decker, who agreed to a five-year deal with the New York Jets worth a reported $36.25 million, $15 million guaranteed, according to NFL.com.

The Cowboys made another move to clear cap space, jettisoning receiver Miles Austin, as expected, saving about $5.5 million. Dallas signed free agent defensive linemen Terrell McClain and Jeremy Mincey.

Revis, meanwhile, spent only one season with the Bucs, who got him from the Jets for a 2013 first-round draft pick and a 2014 fourth-round choice.

Tampa Bay added a quarterback by agreeing to a two-year contract with Josh McCown, a backup who got a chance to start five games last season for the Bears in place of an injured Jay Cutler.

A player expecting to be on the move soon was Carolina receiver Steve Smith, whose agent, Derrick Fox, said the five-time Pro Bowl pick “is not going to play for the Panthers next year.” Fox said he expected Smith to get cut.

Notes

• Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold failed his physical and won’t sign a contract with Oakland. The Raiders had agreed to a $42.5 million, five-year deal with $21.5 million in guarantees. Saffold then re-signed with the St. Louis Rams.

• Cornerback Corey Graham’s agent said the player agreed to a four-year contract with the Bills, leaving the Ravens.

• Returner-receiver Jacoby Jones agreed to a four-year contract to stay with the Ravens.

• Linebacker Jon Beason agreed to stay with the Giants, who also re-signed kicker Josh Brown and safety Stevie Brown.

• Cornerback Eric Wright re-signed with the 49ers.

• Saints running back Pierre Thomas agreed to a two-year contract extension.

• Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper was indicted in Arizona on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs, authorities said, marking the latest development in investigations in five states involving the Super Bowl champion.



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