User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Broncos' Ware, Miller on comeback trail

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos pass-rushers DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller are a lot alike. Both collect lots of sacks, hefty paychecks and plenty of accolades. The two are also on the comeback trail after offseason surgeries following a disappointing season.

Ware had his right elbow repaired in February, a few weeks before the Dallas Cowboys released him in a salary cap move after the worst season of the star pass-rusher's career.

Ware amassed a franchise-best 117 sacks for the Cowboys since getting drafted in the first round in 2005, but he got to the quarterback a career-low six times last season and missed games for the first time in his nine-year career with a thigh injury.

He was due to count $16 million against the Cowboys' cap, and when negotiations on a reduced salary failed, he was released. He quickly signed a three-year, $30 million deal in Denver, where he'll play alongside Miller, a native of Dallas who modeled his game after Ware's and who's trying to bounce back from a rough year himself.

Miller's season began with a six-game drug suspension and ended with a torn right ACL on Dec. 22. He finished with a career-low five sacks after collecting 30 in his first two seasons combined.

If both men can regain their health and their previous form, the Broncos should have one of the NFL's top tandems to go with that prolific offense that carried them to the Super Bowl last year before they got destroyed 43-8 by Seattle.

For now, Denver's new tandem is teaming up in the weight room during organized offseason workouts, critiquing each other's moves and dreaming of pestering passers this fall.

''I'm excited about it,'' Ware said. ''You can't double-team both of us, especially with the big guys in the middle (Terrance Knighton, Kevin Vickerson, Derek Wolfe and Sylvester Williams). Those guys are going to be holding it down, getting the pressure in the middle of the pocket.''

Ware said he's not yet back to 100 percent - No. 94 said he's at ''about 94 percent'' - but that didn't prevent him from getting right to work with his new pass-rushing partner when the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program began this week.

He and Miller did some ''ball-throws, abs and a little bit of biceps and triceps'' in the weight room and watched tape together in the film room, Ware said.

''Some of the moves that he was doing on tape were some of the moves that I have been doing,'' Ware said. ''I was critiquing him, he was critiquing me and it's just a good thing to know that there are guys out there that look up to you. Now I have an opportunity to shed some advice onto him. He is a great player and I look forward to playing with him this season.''

Miller can't wait to play alongside the man he emulated on the football field while growing up in Dallas and attending Texas A&M.

''It's incredible. I was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan,'' Miller said. ''I patterned my game after him. I always said to myself, `Man, I hope I get to play with DeMarcus one of these days.' You know, it's here. So, it's a true blessing. I think it'll be great.''

Miller won't venture a guess, however, as to how many sacks the duo could muster in 2014.

''I don't even want to think about that,'' Miller said. ''I just want to go out there and grind as hard as we can. If we do that, Broncos fans, the Broncos organization, everybody will be pleased with what we do.''

He also isn't stressing over his financial future.

The Broncos have until May 3 to exercise a fifth-year option on Miller's rookie deal that would put him under contract for 2015 at $9.754 million. They could decline that option and still keep him in 2015 by placing the franchise tag on him at a slightly higher cost.

''That's why I've got an agent, so I can just focus on football,'' said Miller, who will make $3.24 million this season. ''I know if I just go out there and do everything I'm supposed to do, everything will work out all right.''


AP NFL website:


AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton can be reached at astapleton(at) or follow him at

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 8 'Dogs to Watch - Week 8 Jags, Titans square off Dak, Dallas getting noticed
Nelson: Close Calls - Week 7
DiNitto: Opening Line Report - Week 8
Roberts: Mixed results in Week 7
Dobish: Betting Recap - Week 7
Giants release kicker Josh Brown
Why Buy Picks From
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
14-2 L16 Totals, 9-1 Sun., 21-7 L28
13-3 G-Play Run, +1,095 TY
5-2 Sunday, 7-2 L9 G-Plays
9-1 Last 10 NFL Guarantees
6-0 Record L2 Sundays
4-1 Sunday, 10-4 L14 G-Plays
5-2 Sunday, 10-3 L13 Totals
10-3 L3 Sundays, 28-14 NFL Run
17-7 Last 24 NFL G-Plays
6-1 Thursdays TY, 13-6 L19 GPlays
4-2 Sunday, 4-1 G-Plays TY
6-1 Guaranteed Plays TY
6-2 Record Last 2 Weeks
9-4 Last 13 Guaranteed Plays
3-0 L3 Thurs., 10-5 L15 Picks
6-2 Last 8 NFL Guarantees
NFL Pro Football Expert Picks - Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 1095
Kevin Rogers + 500
Chip Chirimbes + 467
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 780
Jimmy Boyd + 290
Kevin Rogers + 285
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Pat Hawkins 60 %
Michael Black 58 %
Don Anthony 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 1060
Chip Chirimbes + 665
ASA + 531
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 575
Paul Bovi + 542
Pat Hawkins + 370
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 810
Gary Bart + 544
Jimmy Boyd + 495
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership