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Report: Broncos emerge as favorite to land DeMarcus Ware

Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94)) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The Broncos won 51-48. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Jose Yau)


The Broncos were denied their veteran pass-rusher of choice because of a faulty fax machine last year.

Now, they have their choice of veterans, but may have a preference.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos have emerged as the favorites to land former Cowboys defensive end/outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

Ware would fit an immediate need for someone to provide pressure opposite Von Miller, but there are a number of alternatives that make sense.

Other reports suggested Vikings free agent Jared Allen earlier in the day, and then Julius Peppers got released by the Bears. Given his background with John Fox and Jack Del Rio, you could have connected those dots.

But Ware’s the most versatile of the three, and would give the Broncos some flexibility on defense.

And if he’s intent on moving quickly to a contender, John Elway’s ability to close might come in handy again, as it did when he landed Peyton Manning.