DeMarcus Ware thanks Cowboys

IRVING, Texas -- In meeting with the media after signing a three-year deal with the Denver Broncos, DeMarcus Ware opened his news conference with words of thanks to Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and his first coach, Bill Parcells.

"To Mr. Jones for gracefully letting me go out in the market and let me choose where I can finish my career at, I want to thank him for that,” Ware said. “And I want to wish my former teammates, coaches and just the Cowboys good luck in their season.”

Ware was cut by the Cowboys on Tuesday and found a home in Denver less than 12 hours later to the tune of a three-year deal, with $20 million guaranteed.

The Cowboys were set to pay Ware $12.75 million. He will make $13 million from the Broncos this year.

In nine seasons, Ware became the Cowboys' all-time leader in sacks with 117. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times. Last year, however, he missed the first three games of his career and was held to six sacks.

The Cowboys were determined to move on from Ware, who turns 32 in July. The Broncos were happy to embrace him.

"We know how much more football he has in him," Broncos executive John Elway said.