Ware's one-year, $1.31 million contract with the Colts contains $150,000 guaranteed, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. Contract details confirm the initial expectation of Ware needing to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster. In addition to the guaranteed $150,000 signing bonus, his deal consists of an $805,000 base salary and $350,000 in per-game roster bonuses. The Colts' decision to avoid pricier players or draft picks for their backfield is a not-so-subtle vote of confidence in Marlon Mack (hip) and Nyheim Hines. The 27-year-old Ware figures to compete with Jordan Wilkins, Jonathan Williams and at least one or two undrafted rookies.
Ware signed with the Colts on Tuesday, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. Ware met with the Colts, Jets and Lions earlier this offseason, ultimately waiting until after the 2019 NFL Draft to sign with a team. He shouldn't be a threat to Marlon Mack (hip) atop the depth chart, but Ware at least figures to put some pressure on reserve running backs Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams. The 27-year-old missed out on a nice opportunity last season in Kansas City, injuring his hamstring a couple weeks after Kareem Hunt was released. Ware did return for the AFC Championship Game, but he was limited to 10 snaps and one touch while working behind Damien Williams.
Ware visited with the Jets on Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Ware had previously met with the Lions and Colts earlier in the offseason. While none of these three teams can offer anything more than a complementary role, Ware has one campaign (2016) with 1,368 yards from scrimmage on his resume, proving his worth as a runner and pass catcher. On the other side of the coin, he spent the entire 2017 season rehabbing from PCL and LCL tears in his right knee.
Ware worked out for the Colts on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. After breaking out for 1,368 yards from scrimmage in 2016, Ware tore the PCL and LCL in his right knee during the ensuing preseason and missed all of 2017. The injury paved the way for Kareem Hunt to make his mark, and upon regaining his health, Ware managed just 470 scrimmage yards in 13 games last year. The Colts don't have a clear need in the backfield, with Marlon Mack (hip) and Nyheim Hines composing a two-tiered threat and Jordan Wilkins in reserve. That said, the potential addition of Ware would give the Colts a veteran presence in the backfield.
Ware is visiting with the Lions on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. With Le'Veon Bell, Mark Ingram, Tevin Coleman, Latavius Murray and Adrian Peterson all off the market, Ware is one of the better backfield options still available. Detroit can offer him an opportunity to compete with Zach Zenner for the No. 2 runner role, a job that may include goal-line and short-yardage carries.
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|1||09/08||@Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|5||10/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|14||12/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
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