Last week, the Broncos inked free agent defensive end Demarcus Ware to a three-year, $30 million contract. The nine-year veteran, who holds the Dallas Cowboys all-time record for sacks, has piled up all 117 of those sacks wearing #94. The only problem with that, was that there was already a Broncos player who owned #94, Denver's defensive tackle, Terrance 'Pot Roast' Knighton.
Immediately after the signing, the Broncos' defensive tackle announced via Twitter that he would be giving up the number to Ware, as a sign of respect for the veteran's accomplishments in the NFL. Pot Roast hinted that there would be a price to pay for Ware, but he did not specify what he would have to do. In a follow-up interview to his signing, Ware quipped that he would be bringing two pot roasts to OTAs for Knighton.
Today, Knighton (@mrknighton2u) announced on Twitter that he had officially given #94 to Ware, in exchange for #98.
It's Official Bronco Fans. Ya boy is number 98! #snodaaaaaat— Terrance Knighton (@MrKnighton2u) March 18, 2014
An hour later, the Broncos' Twitter made the same announcement, revealing that Knighton will be wearing #98 in 2014. The last Broncos player to wear #98 was Sione Fua in 2013; the greatest Denver player to ever wear the number was DT/DE Maa Tanuvasa, who wore it from 1995-2000 for the Broncos.
Knighton and Ware have not revealed the price for the number yet, but Knighton's sign of respect for the more experienced player has earned him some respect from Broncos fans on Twitter.
In other Broncos' jersey number news: Emmanuel Sanders, the newest Broncos free agent signing, hinted on Twitter that he may be sporting his high school football number when the 2014 season arrives.
Thinking #10 - highschool # RT @Tyeparks What is your new # going to be? Welcome to the #Broncos!— Emmanuel Sanders (@E_Sanders88) March 16, 2014
Sanders wore #88 with the Steelers, a number which is occupied by fellow Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas. The last Broncos player to wear #10 was receiver Jabar Gaffney in 2010.