DeMarcus Ware made it official today after the Super Bowl that he will return to the Denver Broncos for the 2016 season.
After winning an NFL Championship on Sunday on the heels of a masterful defensive performance, many speculated whether DeMarcus Ware would return to the Broncos and would instead retire. Now all doubt is cast aside, as the 11-year NFL veteran stated his intent to play again next season.
Speaking to NFL.com, DeMarcus Ware stated.
"“I got a lot of gas in the tank…Von (Miller) was the one that added the gas to the fire for me, so that’s why I’m playing the way I’m playing right now. I don’t think about retiring. God still wants me to play, that’s why I’m still doing what I’m doing."
Now that Peyton Manning is also mulling retirement, a Super Bowl victory is a great way to punctuate an excellent NFL career. But after playing so well this past season on one of the best defensive squads in recent memory, DeMarcus Ware knows that he is a part of a special team that can still accomplish great things in the future.
In 11 games in 2015, DeMarcus Ware recorded 11 sacks, and had 3.5 sacks in the postseason. Two of his playoff sacks occurred on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Ware also has 1-year remaining on his contract with Denver, and is owed $11.6 million.