The Dallas Cowboys announced Monday that they’ve signed DE DeMarcus Ware to a one-day contract so he can officially retire as a member of the team.
We are proud to announce that @DeMarcusWare will officially retire today as a Dallas Cowboy.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) April 24, 2017
This was expected and is just a formality designed to honor Ware for his contributions to the team over the years.
The Cowboys will likely place him on their reserve/retired line in the coming days.
Ware previously mentioned that the Broncos, Rams, and Cowboys offered him contracts but admitted that his decision to retire was about his “quality of life” after football.
“You start thinking about your quality of life,” said Ware, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. “You still have the desire to get out there and play and compete and win championships. But my body was talking to me.”
Ware, 34, is a former first-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2005. He spent nine years in Dallas before signing on with the Broncos in 2014.
During last offseason, Ware agreed to a restructured contract with the Broncos included a $6.5 million base salary for the 2016 season to go along with a $2 million signing bonus and another $3.5 million that was available in incentives.
The Broncos placed Ware on season-ending injured reserve with a back injury towards the end of the season.
In 2016, Ware appeared in 10 games and recorded 15 tackles, four sacks and a pass defense for the Broncos.