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Recapping Wednesday’s biggest moves

Wednesday brought another flurry of activity, headlined by Denver's signing of DeMarcus Ware.

The details on Ware's contract are out, and it's essentially a two-year deal for $23M, with $16.5M fully guaranteed.

He'll make a guaranteed $13M in 2014, and half of his $7M salary in 2015 is fully guaranteed.

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Reminder: Initial contract details are always total BS

We used to say that NFL contracts are all about the guarantees.

But then, we learned that it's only full guarantees that matter, as we were just discussing with our pal Elvis Dumervil.

It's why we try not to react too strongly to initial contract reports, and recommend our readers do the same.

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Dallas adds Mincey; Beason chooses Giants over Broncos

The Cowboys have quickly replaced DeMarcus Ware with former Jaguars and Broncos DE Jeremy Mincey.

According to Alex Marvez, Mincey signed for two years and $4.5M, including $2M guaranteed.

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Schefter:  Ware, Broncos agree

Adam Schefter is reporting that the Broncos and DE-OLB DeMarcus Ware have agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract, with $20 million guaranteed.

This sounds like another good deal for the Broncos, but we'll see how the particulars break out.

Schefter is reporting that Ware will make $13 million this year, which makes the backside of the deal sound pretty palatable.

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Schefter: Broncos agree with Aqib Talib

Adam Schefter reports that the Broncos have agreed with former Patriots corner Aqib Talib on a six-year, $57M deal that includes $26M in guarantees.

This would presumably take them out of the running to re-sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or pursue Darrelle Revis.

We'll be interested to see how much of that $26M is fully guaranteed (our guess is around half).

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Byrd lands in New Orleans

The Saints have reportedly agreed to terms with former Bills safety Jairus Byrd to the tune of $28M guaranteed and $54M over six years. Of course, the real question is how much is fully guaranteed.

Eight of PFF's top ten ranked free agent safeties have already signed new deals, with Chris Clemons and Ryan Clark the only exceptions.

Report: Bucs to sign Verner

According to beat man Rick Stroud, the Bucs have agreed to terms with former Titans corner Alterraun Verner.

Verner had been rumored as a fallback for Denver, should they be unable to re-sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

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Lammey: Cowboys interested in Woodyard, Ayers

According to Cecil Lammey, the Cowboys have expressed interest in Denver defenders Wesley Woodyard and Robert Ayers.

Woodyard is scheduled to visit the Patriots tomorrow and will later meet with the Titans, according to Josina Anderson.

Tracking Tuesday’s moves

Here are the biggest moves of the first day of the 2014 NFL league year.

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Bears cut Peppers, adding to available veteran pass rushers

The Bears have released 34-year-old pass rusher Julius Peppers; he joins fellow thirtysomething sackmasters Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware on the open market.

He was due to make $13.9M in salary and command a cap number of nearly $18.2M; the move provides Chicago with more than $9.8M in relief.

Peppers graded out at -4.4 over 865 snaps last season; Allen -4.0 over 1,083; Ware was good for +12.6 over just 648 snaps.

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