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Broncos sign T.J. Ward

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The team with the NFL’s best offense is making a big push to improve its defense.

The Denver Broncos have signed free agent safety T.J. Ward, Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported and the Broncos have announced.

“Excited to announce we’ve agreed to terms with strong safety T.J. Ward,” Broncos G.M. John Elway wrote on Twitter. “He’ll bring energy and toughness to our secondary.”

Ward started all 16 games for the Browns last year and should provide an instant upgrade to the Broncos’ secondary. Ward was the No. 20 player in our Free Agent Hot 100.

The Browns are replacing Ward by signing free agent safety Donte Whitner, formerly of the 49ers.

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42 Responses to “Broncos sign T.J. Ward”
  1. JackedUpSports says: Mar 11, 2014 5:19 PM

    great signing. hard hitter.

  2. merchie89 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:19 PM

    Cheaper than Witner and Bethea. I like it

  3. bowdowntopeyton says: Mar 11, 2014 5:19 PM

    Nice….

  4. denver1983 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:19 PM

    YESSSSSSS!!!

  5. denverwally says: Mar 11, 2014 5:21 PM

    Good hitter, bad cover guy.

  6. texansfalcons says: Mar 11, 2014 5:22 PM

    Great move.

  7. hbdbrowns33 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:22 PM

    You will enjoy Boss Ward Denver. Great guy, big hitter, and he is improving in coverage. The only knock on him is that he has very poor ball skills. He drops a lot of INTs.

  8. ranger764 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:22 PM

    ranger764 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:49 PM

    Hopefully TJ Ward comes to Denver. We need a top notch safety.

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  9. smartstickhotness says: Mar 11, 2014 5:22 PM

    maybe year after next
    - KC

  10. nviverson says: Mar 11, 2014 5:23 PM

    As a Browns fan this saddens me. Good for T.J.!! Broncos got themselves a great safety!

  11. crewdawg says: Mar 11, 2014 5:23 PM

    Damn it…

  12. Six Rings says: Mar 11, 2014 5:23 PM

    Poor Cleveland.

  13. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 11, 2014 5:23 PM

    TJ was a very good player after fighting some injuries early on in his career. He is strong against the run but his coverage skills are lacking. Overall a good signing.

  14. rc33 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:24 PM

    Good luck covering those deep patterns, Denver.

  15. mimitaroo says: Mar 11, 2014 5:25 PM

    A run stopping in the box safety. Just what the Broncos needed when they spend 90% of the game playing from the front and defending the pass.

  16. lbcoach34 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:26 PM

    Good for TJ

  17. Six Rings says: Mar 11, 2014 5:27 PM

    So glad I’m a fan of a team that wins SBs.

  18. mymanmccoy says: Mar 11, 2014 5:28 PM

    Good luck TJ, I hope you can stay healthy, thanks for the great memories in Cleveland!

  19. johnnyballgame7alwayswins says: Mar 11, 2014 5:29 PM

    Elway strikes again…

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 11, 2014 5:29 PM

    Yea I like shutdown players that have the capacity to completely neutralize opponents. Gronkowski only had 2 catches for 32 yards when NE lost to CLE by 1 point. Ward just had better presence in that game.

  21. kcflake says: Mar 11, 2014 5:31 PM

    Dang. I wanted my Chiefs to pick up Ward. He is a solid player. Cleveland was dumb for getting rid of him.

  22. dumbpollack says: Mar 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    He’s a hitter/gamer, no doubt. Not sure he could cover me though. Wish we would have just kept him and not signed whitner.

  23. shayeezy says: Mar 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    ward is more of a strong safety type than the single-high type the chiefs need.

  24. urbusted2 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    Ward is all he’ll ever be. Good hitter and no cover. Poor ball skills. The Browns upgraded with Whitner regardless of his location on the 100 chart. Same thing with D. Jackson. Great teammate but made tackles 5 to 7 yards down-field. First down after a good stop. Go Browns.

  25. marc0626 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    He’s a run stopper not a cover guy. Broncos needed a cover guy. Questionable sign

  26. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:39 PM

    Great move for the Broncos much better that what we had. Major upgrade!

  27. salscobrakai says: Mar 11, 2014 5:41 PM

    I love how everyone is an NFL scout/GM on here. If you were any good at scouting players don’t you think you’d be doing it and not just a keyboard warrior? Most of you can’t even win at a fantasy football much less be an NFL GM lol.

  28. realdealsteel says: Mar 11, 2014 5:59 PM

    I have to give Broncos credit on this one. Nice signing.

  29. somethingsmellsrotten says: Mar 11, 2014 6:01 PM

    Cheap shot artist who takes out guy’s knees…if he played in the SuperBowl it might have only been 40-8.

  30. rainmaker1982 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:04 PM

    Do they play the Pats this year so he can dive at Gronk’s knees again?

  31. timtimothy1 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:18 PM

    Lol, enjoy. Might want to teach him to wrap up or you’ll be watching him go for the kill shot only to bounce off guys walking in for an easy 6.

  32. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 11, 2014 6:24 PM

    Signing with the poster child for Super Bowl blowouts? Priceless.

  33. oldcracker says: Mar 11, 2014 6:31 PM

    I have mixed feelings about the Browns signings thus far. I haven’t seen any major improvement for the money spent.

    Whitner for Ward. Better coverage but basically a wash.

    Dansby for Jackson. Better action at the line but basically another wash.

    Browns can match Mack’s offers but, they need to lock him up long term. They need to change their image, especially after the whole Chud debacle.

    I really like what the Falcons have done to improve, and I like the Bears signing of Houston.

  34. infectorman says: Mar 11, 2014 6:34 PM

    Denver needs a new QB, not a safety.

    #peytonisveryneartheend

  35. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Mar 11, 2014 6:38 PM

    Dansby is a substantial upgrade over Jackson, and they structured his deal very wisely. Jackson struggle in the 3-4; Dansby excels in it (114 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 4 picks, and 19 passes defensed in 2013).

    The contract is 4 years for $24M with $14 guaranteed, but $10 of that is in the first year. That means as he ages and his skills decline, he’ll be making less than $5M per year with very little guaranteed. That means they can cut him later with little to no dead money, and that’s smart.

  36. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:49 PM

    they will get one of those cornerbacks as well

  37. elway6532 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:57 PM

    How can anyone improve getting Cleveland’s rejects? Seriously. We still have Mike Adams from Cleveland. I guess we are updating with the newest Cleveland liability. Maybe we could get W. McGahee back?

    Seriously, if that numbskull Elway lets Decker walk and keeps Welker instead (who has more concussions than Don Bebe, and is 143# soaking wet), than we are really screwed.

    Five things win. Youth. Talent. Youth. Coaching, and Youth.

  38. thegronk87 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:05 PM

    Hat Super Bowl loss will put the broncos organization back at least 10 years…they won’t make it back to the Super Bowl for a while.

  39. matterson20 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:25 PM

    This will do absolutely nothing to help them hold on to the Thomases and Von Miller. Good luck with that next year horse face.

  40. clebrowns216 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:41 PM

    Man I’m gonna miss Ward. I really wanted to re-sign him. But I’m happy for him. He hasn’t gotten a chance to win at all. I hope he gets a ring.

    Broncos fans will like this guy. Plays hard hits harder. And he is just coming into his prime. Last year was his best year.

    Enjoy Denver.

  41. lanman11 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:19 PM

    Dirty player.

  42. brownsmakemecrazy says: Mar 11, 2014 10:18 PM

    Lol enjoy Denver. Ward takes the worst angles of any safety ive ever seen. If you think the coverage was bad when the Ravens WR got by your CB, wait til a RB and WR run right by Ward, when he tries to tackle them.

    You thought you got lit up by Seattle, just wait.

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