Even John Elway cannot believe the team he continues to assemble.
The Broncos Vice President signed nasty safety T.J. Ward and principal cornerback Aqib Talib to begin free agency and then proceeded to outdo himself just moments later. Elway – who was complimented for his lack of indecision by all the signees – landed defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
"I was shocked. I'm glad that we got in the hunt early because we feel that he still has a lot of football left in him and he's still a good player," Elway said of the former Cowboy's dominant pass rusher. Ware was slowed by injuries in 2013 – only recording 6.0 sacks – and Dallas was forced to release the veteran due to salary-cap issues.
"We feel if we get him back to where he was he can still be the destructive force that he's been for nine years," Elway continued.
Much the way he went out and signed Wes Welker last season, Elway was purposeful in his endeavor to sure up a better defense this offseason. He admitted in an interview in Orlando, Florida at the NFL owners meetings that it would be hard to surpass the numbers Peyton Manning and the offense put up last season.
Although Elway is surely not done, Ward, Talib and – surprisingly - Ware will make the Broncos defense much more imposing.
"They are guys that change the mentality for us defensively," he said. "We feel very fortunate to be able to convince the players to come to Denver."