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Broncos sign Talib, Ware

The Broncos have made two major splashes in free agency, signing former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million deal that includes $26 million in guaranteed money, and giving former Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware a three-year, $30 million deal with $20 million guaranteed. The oft-injured Talib was one of the few bright spots on an inconsistent Patriots defense last season, and though he was knocked out of the AFC Championship Game against the Broncos by a hard hit from Wes Welker, he appears not to hold any lingering resentment. Ware's six sacks in 2013 were the lowest single-season total of his career, but evidently, the Broncos think he'll rebound outside of Dallas.

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  • What do you make of Aqib Talib's six-year, $57 million contract ($26 million guaranteed) with the Broncos?

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  • How many games will Aqib Talib start this season?

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  • How will the Broncos fare this season?

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  • What kind of defense will the Broncos have with Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware?

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Cowboys release DeMarcus Ware

He made seven Pro Bowls and recorded 117 sacks with the Dallas Cowboys. Now DeMarcus Ware is a free agent, after the 31-year-old pass-rusher was released Tuesday by the only NFL team for which he's played. The move was made necessary by Ware's refusal to cut his salary from $12.25 million; Dallas will now save $7.4 million against the cap. Was Ware right to not restructure his contract? Should Dallas have hung on to him and sought relief elsewhere?

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DeMarcus Ware's future?

The Cowboys must decide on DeMarcus Ware soon. Because of their cap situation, keeping him at his current salary wouldn't work, and his less-than-stellar 2013 season -- 13 games played with a career-low six sacks -- could mean that even if the Cowboys kept him (with a restructured contract), he might not be worth the money. Ware has said that he won't accept a pay cut, so the Cowboys are in a delicate position. They're already likely to be in a close race in the NFC East, so making the right decision could have huge ramifications for their playoff hopes.

Which team will DeMarcus Ware be playing for next season?

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  • What do you make of DeMarcus Ware's subpar 2013 season?

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  • Which team will win the NFC East this season?

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In 2012, J.J. Watt nearly unanimously won NFL defensive player of the year, thanks to video-game-on-easy numbers (and, as a result, the success of his Houston Texans). Is the 24-year-old already the best defensive lineman in football? Or will the rest of the pack catch up in 2013? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL DLs in 2013

Jared Allen

Jared Allen

Vikings
2012: 45 tackles, 12 sacks, FF

Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins

Bengals
2012: 53 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 4 FF

Elvis Dumervil

Elvis Dumervil

Ravens
2012: 54 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 6 FF

Chris Long

Chris Long

Rams
2012: 33 tackles, 11.5 sacks

Haloti Ngata

Haloti Ngata

Ravens
2012: 51 tackles, 5 sacks

Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers

Bears
2012: 39 tackles, 11.5 sacks, FF

Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul

Giants
2012: 66 tackles, 6.5 sacks, FF

B.J. Raji

B.J. Raji

Packers
2012: 26 tackles

Justin Smith

Justin Smith

49ers
2012: 66 tackles, 3 sacks

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

Lions
2012: 35 tackles, 8 sacks

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

Texans
2012: 81 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 4 FF

Cameron Wake

Cameron Wake

Dolphins
2012: 53 tackles, 15 sacks, 3 FF

DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Ware

Cowboys
2012: 56 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 5 FF

Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork

Patriots
2012: 48 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 2 FF

Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams

Vikings
2012: 30 tackles, 2.0 sacks

Mario Williams

Mario Williams

Bills
2012: 46 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 FF

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Madden ratings are often the most contentious topics in sports video games. Should Michael Vick have a 99 in agility? Which wide receiver gets top marks for speed? Is my team's linebacker tougher than your team's? All week long, SportsNation is ranking the players with the top marks at each position. Today, we're taking a look at the best linebackers in Madden 2012. James Harrison, DeMarcus Ware, and Patrick Willis all have 98 ratings, but are they Madden's best? Cast your vote now!

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