Person familiar with negotiations says Broncos, DE DeMarcus Ware agree on 3-year deal

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File - In this Sept. 22, 2013, file photo, Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware walks the field during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. The Dallas Cowboys are releasing franchise sacks leader Ware to save salary cap room after the worst season of his career. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

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By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos kept their free agency focus on defense as they agreed to a three-year deal with pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal has yet to be announced and is pending a physical.

The deal with Ware is worth $30 million, with $20 million guaranteed.

Ware was let go Tuesday by Dallas in a salary-cap move. He had a franchise-record 117 sacks for the Cowboys since being drafted in the first round in 2005. He had a career-low six sacks last season and missed games for the first time in his career because of a thigh injury.

The 31-year-old Ware will play opposite of Von Miller.

Denver is on quite a spending spree so far in free agency, agreeing to deals with safety T.J. Ward, cornerback Aqib Talib and Ware for a combined $110 million. The Broncos are trying to upgrade the talent on the roster, not knowing how long Peyton Manning will be running the offense.

The team is coming off a 43-8 loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl last month.

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AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed.

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