Report: There's 'a chance' DeMarcus Ware might not be back with Broncos

The Denver Broncos are the Super Bowl champions. But defending that title could be difficult considering how many players might be in flux this offseason.

We know the quarterback situation is one of the biggest issues in the entire NFL (Peyton Manning may retire, Brock Osweiler is a free agent) and there are ample concerns on defense.

Von Miller, Danny Trevathan, Malik Jackson and Brandon Marshall (RFA) are free agents and there's only one franchise tag. 

Add at least a little concern about pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, as noted by Jeff Legwold of ESPN in a nice breakdown of the Broncos offseason plans:

Ware did miss five games with a back injury this past season with plenty of back/neck troubles previously in his career. His $11.67 million cap figure will likely be looked to for some adjustment. So, if he chooses to retire or does not want to re-work the deal at least somewhat, there is a chance he would not remain. 

Ware was outstanding in the playoffs -- Miller got the lion's share of credit for rushing Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady and Cam Newton, but give Ware his due. He produced 3.5 sacks in only three games and was a monster down the stretch.

Ware could decide he wants to go out on top with a bunch of sacks, a Super Bowl ring and an incredible career, yet he remains a very capable pass rusher and still is very terrifying in Wade Phillips' defense. 

But the pass rusher also could decide he's not willing to take a pay cut -- with all the Broncos' offseason issues it could become a factor. The guess here is Ware ultimately ends up staying and maybe taking a little less money. 

Could Ware potentially be headed elsewhere? (USATSI)
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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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