by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (7/18/14) New Broncos pass rusher DeMarcus Ware says he's never felt better in the past couple of years. He's slimmed down this offseason -- down to the 250-pound range, according to the Denver Post -- in an effort to be faster. Last season he put on weight as the Cowboys moved to a 4-3 scheme after being in a 3-4 for so long.
"I feel better than I did the last two years going into the season," Ware said. "Stronger, faster. I feel flexible."
Broncos draft Bradley Roby at No. 31
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/8/14) With the No. 31 pick in the NFL Draft, the Broncos selected cornerback Bradley Roby from Ohio State.
Roby is 5-foot-11, 194 pounds, and he ran a 4.34 40-yard dash. He is expected to challenge for a starting spot right away opposite Aqib Talib, and he could allow the Broncos to keep Chris Harris as a slot corner.
This will help the Broncos defense and Broncos DST, who have revamped their secondary from 2013, bringing in Talib, T.J. Ward and now Roby.
Aqib Talib only guaranteed one year
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/14/14) The Broncos gave defensive back Aqib Talib a massive six-year, $57 million contract in free agency, but have an out if things don't go well in the first year. According to USA TODAY Sports, just the first $11.5 million of Talib's contract is fully guaranteed, so the team could get out of the contract with just a $4 million cap hit in 2015.
Talib's deal also includes $13 million in combined base salaries for 2015 and 2016, however they are only guaranteed in the event of injury. He is scheduled to make an extra $500,000 in 2014 if he plays all 16 games, something he has yet to do in his NFL career.
Broncos pull off stunner, sign Aqib Talib
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/11/14) The Broncos' defense proved their undoing last season, so they have set about rebuilding the unit in free agency. The Broncos signed defensive back Aqib Talib to a six-year deal worth $57 million according to ESPN.com Tuesday, with $26 million in guaranteed money.
Talib has enjoyed a career resurgence in two years with the Patriots, finishing 2013 with four interceptions and 41 tackles in 13 games en route to a Pro Bowl selection.
Ware was only notified by the team of his impending release Tuesday, given his $16 million salary cap hit for the 2014 season. The process is moving quickly for the 31-year-old, seven-time Pro Bowler, despite recording just six sacks last season, the lowest total of his career.
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The Broncos DST is hoping that a lot of money spent in the offseason can lead to positive results this year. The Broncos added three high profile players on defense this offseason in DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward, and they also spent their first-round pick on cornerback Bradley Roby. They lost Champ Bailey, but the upgrade with the younger Talib should help at cornerback. If Von Miller (ACL) can return at 100 percent than the Broncos should have a much-improved pass rush, and the Broncos DST should be able to improve from their No. 13 finish last season when they had 17 interceptions, 41 sacks, nine fumble recoveries and five touchdowns. We like the Broncos DST as a No. 1 Fantasy option, and they should be drafted with a late-round pick in all leagues.