(Jonathan Newton / Washington Post)

The Denver Broncos continued their scorched-earth policy, signing their third defensive free agent in 24 hours.

DeMarcus Ware, cut by the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, signed a three-year, $30-million contract with the team, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported. John Elway went into free agency determined to bolster a Denver defense that was shredded by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl last month and added cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward when free agency began Tuesday.

Ware, 31, underwent elbow surgery three weeks ago. His release precipitated by his refusal to take a paycut in Dallas, Ware was among the best of a group of pass rushers who hit the market. In Denver, he’ll be paired with Von Miller as the Broncos move to improve their pass rush. He was the Cowboys’ career sacks leader with 117 in nine seasons.