Report: Broncos upset with decision to cut T.J. Ward

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Von Miller hoped the chatter was fake news. The end result could be that the Broncos have a real problem.

James Palmer of NFL Media reports that Ward’s now-former teammates are upset with the decision to release the three-time Pro Bowl safety. It was obvious the move was coming earlier this week, when the Broncos started making calls about trading Ward. But until it happened, other Broncos players could brush it off as rumors or idle chatter or, yes, fake news.

As Palmer notes, Ward was “loved” in the locker room and regarded as a leader on the team. But that $4.5 million salary dragged him down, especially since the Broncos had younger, cheaper options that, in the view of the football operation, can get the job done.

Ward now becomes a free agent, able to sign with any other team. The question becomes whether someone else will offer him anything close to $4.5 million for 2017.

21 responses to “Report: Broncos upset with decision to cut T.J. Ward

  1. Von Miller is shocked that his record setting contract ate up most of the salary cap? Someone help me math.

  2. 4rings4brady says:
    September 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    4.5 million dollar salary? Thats it? Cheap for a quality safety. Hope he comes to visit New England. If he does, he won’t leave.

    Sure, 4rings4brady. We still haven’t paid back for Gronk’s torn ACL he did cause on purpose in 2013.

  3. How the NFL works now. after players sold out the rookies on the wage scale, they thought veterans would get that money as a reward down the stretch of their careers. The opposite has happened as the cheaper rookies have made them even more expendable. This is what we call an unintended consequence for all of those veterans that thought they would be getting bigger deals at 30+. Basically, if you’re a good player (or think you are), you’d better leave college as early as you can and then try to cash in as quickly as you can so that you get 2 major pay days before you turn 30. After that, teams will be looking for your replacement.

  4. John Elway seems to be living down to his Brian Bozworth anointed ‘nickname’ of ‘Mr. Ed’ in this years player moves. Are the Broncos doing a mini-tank?

  5. 4rings4brady says:
    September 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    4.5 million dollar salary? Thats it? Cheap for a quality safety. Hope he comes to visit New England. If he does, he won’t leave.
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    Not exactly a position of need or a good use of cap space for New England. The Pats already have a SS in Chung who isn’t great in coverage but is very good in run support, they don’t lack for leadership in the secondary and also have one of the better nickel safeties in Harmon. Ward will have multiple suitors among teams that actually have a need at the position, could use the leadership and have ample cap space. Where he lands will depend on whether he is more interested in cash or a shot at another ring.

  6. I used to respect Elway until he showed his true colors by supporting Trunp and hanging out with him. We need someone else to make th Broncos great again.

  7. Agree with realfootballfan , NFLPA rookies have been sold out and the owners like cheap labor. Owners are still calling the tune due to the short-sightedness of the PA

  8. It looks like Von Miller will crop out Elway from his photos again. It sounds like Elway has lost the locker room.

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