T.J. Ward: Broncos were “completely unprofessional”

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The now-former teammates of T.J. Ward reportedly weren’t happy with the team’s Saturday decision to cut him. Ward wasn’t, either.

“It’s unfortunate the way they handled the situation,” Ward told reporters on Monday, via James Palmer of NFL Media. “But it is what it is. And they got to live with it. I got to live with it. And we’ll see what happens, but I’m going to make sure I land on my feet. That’s just me. And whatever happens to them, the [expletive] happens to them. That’s on them.”

So how should they have handled it?

“You could have let me know what was going on,” Ward said. “You had a full offseason. I know it’s a business, but when you have good employees, you’re supposed to treat your employees a certain way. And I think they handled it completely unprofessional. That’s just my opinion.”

It’s hardly the first time a team squatted on a player’s contract for all of the offseason, training camp, and the preseason before cutting him loose at a time when most teams already have their rosters set. That’s why so many contracts include roster bonuses or other triggers that force an early decision — and it’s why plenty of teams don’t like including that clause.

Ward lost as much as $500,000 in the transition, given reports that his supposed $5 million contract has a base value of $4 million and $1 million in incentives. If he’d been available in March, he quite possibly would have gotten a better deal. He’d definitely be better prepared to make an impact from Week One.

55 responses to “T.J. Ward: Broncos were “completely unprofessional”

  1. Actually, I don’t blame him. It seems his anger was suitably directed at the process, not the decision to move on from him.

  2. I am tired of Elway living off that Super Bowl win he had nothing to do with, just like he lives off 2 Super Bowls wins that Terrell Davis was solely responsible for. I am not surprised the Broncos are unprofessionally run, Elway is a big-time Trump supporter after all, and clearly he learned how to be unprofessional from his buddy Trump.

  3. They did treat him badly…..however. He should have demanded a contract with a big roster bonus in early March, then he would have been released earlier, or later with a big piece of change.

  4. patriots123456 says:
    September 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm
    They let Ward go and take back Brock O.

    Does this make any sense?

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    Plenty. They play two different positions and they had two different needs. Brock may suck but he knows the offense and he cost them exactly $775k – less I am guessing if they cut him after Lynch gets healthy but who knows. Ward was supplanted by younger, cheaper talent and was moved to ensure the cap stays healthy.

    I know some posters don’t understand this (i.e., Pats fans) but the Broncos aren’t in salary cap hell, they aren’t cheating, and they are trying to remain competitive in a league that is evolving. Many teams are now looking for talented youth that can make a difference while not costing the team a lot of money, and I suspect over the next few years we will find that a winning strategy. Call it moneyball if you like but football is ultimately a young man’s sport. And young men cost less than aged veterans who constantly demand adjustments to contracts they have signed and played under.

  5. If Peyton Manning can get benched, certainly a 31 year old Ward will have to compete for his job. The young safeties in Denver stepped up while Ward nursed yet another nagging injury during training camp. Good Luck TJ but its time to move on.

  6. Unprofessional says the guy who intentionally took out Gronkowski’s knee in a major major bad way. At least that’s how I remember it. I can’t even watch it on video.

  7. briang123 says:
    September 4, 2017 at 2:17 pm
    I am tired of Elway living off that Super Bowl win he had nothing to do with, just like he lives off 2 Super Bowls wins that Terrell Davis was solely responsible for. I am not surprised the Broncos are unprofessionally run, Elway is a big-time Trump supporter after all, and clearly he learned how to be unprofessional from his buddy Trump.

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    There’s so much wrong with this post, I could write a book.

  8. When was the last time a player was happy about being cut? There’s never a good time to get cut. A smart player might try to act professional when he gets cut so that the other teams will want a guy like that in their locker room. I’d have to say, Ward is acting quite unprofessional here. But, I doubt that anyone would blame a guy for being upset.

  9. Can’t really fault the Broncos here. You lost your job to a younger player in camp. You knew who was on the roster and how much they made in relation to you and that the Broncos didn’t extend you. Just seems like sour grapes because thought he’d get one last hurrah with his buddies on the team, but even Peyton Manning got cut. So those are the breaks.

  10. Elway had a run of good luck with similar arm’s length approaches to players, but I think his approach is one that other GMs who have applied it, have ultimately been doomed to failure.

  11. Ward is basically a sub package WIL at this point. He is virtually worthless in coverage and straight up got beat out by two 2nd year players. Unless the Broncos have a secret crystal ball or something, they probably didn’t know for sure that Ward was the 4th best S on the roster until he missed all of camp.

    Could be that his long demonstrated lack of maturity finally exceeded his cap number and skill.

    Ward has plenty culpability here is all I’m saying. I find the stress of his vendetta against the Broncos underwhelming. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the street pretty soon anyway. Like, this season soon.

  12. charliecharger says:
    September 4, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    When was the last time a player was happy about being cut?
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    It’s like you didn’t read the article. He was not expressing unhappiness at being cut, he was unhappy that they didn’t do it early enough for him to have a chance to make a better deal with a another team.

  13. Well, John Elway has never been known for professionalism. All the way back to when he was drafted by the Colts and refused to go there and threatened to sign with the Yankees.

  14. charliecharger says:
    September 4, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    When was the last time a player was happy about being cut?
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    Try Brock Osweiler, 2017, Cleveland Browns (signed with Denver).

  15. Yeah, and if anyone knows all about being unprofessional it’s him. Hope the head hunter’s career is over.

  16. Rule #1 – stay off Social media

    Rule #2 -say positive things about your new team and nothing about your old team.

    I’m glad to be on Tampa and am looking forward to us making the playoffs.
    I had a great time in Denver, but I’m no longer on Denver so I can’t comment on what they do.

  17. bonitalocal says:
    September 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm
    Cheap shots are totally unprofessional too.

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    Good one, I almost started to feel sorry for the guy and then I remembered how unprofessional a PLAYER he is

  18. Look, TJ has not played or been able to run for over a month. Not exactly sure what you should expect, TJ, especially when you have a rising star in Justin Simmons nipping at your heels. Still, opposing first team offenses scored exactly ZERO points against Broncos D all preseason, so it appears they will be OK

  19. They should have given him tax free money under the table and kept him. Oh wait, they already got caught doing that.

  20. Jamaal Carter, an undrafted free agent safety also out played him, bringing the total to 4 the number of safeties who out performed him this camp.

  21. Ward’s agents knew this was a possibility LAST FALL. They just elected not to share that discussion with him. That’s on his agents.

  22. “I know some posters don’t understand this (i.e., Pats fans) but the Broncos aren’t in salary cap hell, they aren’t cheating, and they are trying to remain competitive in a league that is evolving.”
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    OMG this is laugh out loud hysterical! Of course the Broncos aren’t in cap hell, they simply cheat it. Proven and punished accordingly. Wouldn’t expect less from a Broncos fan though.

  23. black59razorblog says:
    September 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm
    Look at all the haters revealing their true inner fear. Truth is, Broncos roster is deeper and more talented than your teams. Fact
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    Then maybe they just might make the playoffs? LOL, who am I kidding, they had to scoop up Brock freakin Osweiler. It was a nice run while you had the PED QB running the show but it’s over.

  24. patriots123456 says:
    September 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm
    They let Ward go and take back Brock O.

    Does this make any sense?
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    Yes. One is a Safety and the other is a QB. They have plenty of good safeties, but no backup QB. What would you propose, genius?

  25. The whole Broncos cap hell narrative is as enduring as it is silly. They been “in cap hell” or have been threatening “cap hell” for pretty much as long as I can remember. The thing is, it pretty much has never been true, especially post Shanahan.

    Say what you will about the Broncos– and being the winningest team in the NFL over the last 30 years breads haters, for sure– but cap management is most definitely an Elway strength.

    (I know. Total waste of truthful words.)

  26. The only way to explain cutting TJ Ward and signing Osweiler is Elway’s ego. He doesn’t want to admit yet that his high draft pick QBs are a bust. How else do you explain Elway publicly declaring QB spot still an open competition despite the fact that anyone with eyes could see Trevor Siemian was ahead of Paxton Lynch? Elway’s ego won’t let him admit that he is terrible at drafting QBs despite being a HOF QB himself. Remember the rumors before the draft that the Broncos really liked Dak Prescott and thought he fits Gary Kubiak’s offense? Then they inexplicably traded up for Paxton Lynch in the draft? That tells me Kubiak wanted Prescott and Elway wanted Lynch. As it turned out Kubiak was right and Elway was wrong.

  27. Elway has always been and will be a bum, going back to not wanting to play for the Colts, never liked the guy, but as a Buc fan I appreciate the stupidity of cutting TJ Ward

  28. Elway banked another $14 mil that will now roll over to next years cap, and have the lowest payroll for QB’s in the NFL for a team that will contend. How is that anything but outstanding?

  29. Super Bowl 50!!! The Broncos won Super Bowl 50. Every fan base in the league wanted that title and we got it. Still feels great and will for years and years to come.

  30. briang123 says:
    September 4, 2017 at 2:17 pm
    I am tired of Elway living off that Super Bowl win he had nothing to do with, just like he lives off 2 Super Bowls wins that Terrell Davis was solely responsible for. I am not surprised the Broncos are unprofessionally run, Elway is a big-time Trump supporter after all, and clearly he learned how to be unprofessional from his buddy Trump.
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    So are Kraft, Brady and Belichick and it’s worked out ok for them

  31. jrquiz says:
    September 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Still feels great and will for years and years to come.
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    It will have to

  32. I’d be totally with him but this is the same guy that called out his old team on twitter for drafting “another TJ Ward” then when a journalist called him out bragged about his superbowl ring.

    This could have been to humble him.

  33. I don’t feel like the Broncos did anything wrong here. They are and should be looking out for the best interests of the team, not individual players. The business side hurts, but it’s generally not much different in the real world. Pretty similar to the way Lawyer Milloy left New England, cut the week before the season started.

  34. imodan
    Sep 4, 2017, 2:01 PM MDT
    “I know some posters don’t understand this (i.e., Pats fans) but the Broncos aren’t in salary cap hell, they aren’t cheating, and they are trying to remain competitive in a league that is evolving.”
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    OMG this is laugh out loud hysterical! Of course the Broncos aren’t in cap hell, they simply cheat it. Proven and punished accordingly. Wouldn’t expect less from a Broncos fan though.

    imodan
    Sep 4, 2017, 2:09 PM MDT
    black59razorblog says:
    September 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm
    Look at all the haters revealing their true inner fear. Truth is, Broncos roster is deeper and more talented than your teams. Fact
    —————————————————————————–
    Then maybe they just might make the playoffs? LOL, who am I kidding, they had to scoop up Brock freakin Osweiler. It was a nice run while you had the PED QB running the show but it’s over.

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    LMAO!!!!! Denver never “cheated” the salary cap. You millennials need to stop trolling and actually get your facts straight, cause you sound stupid. The truth is, the Donkos had to finance $100 mill to build their new stadium and they didn’t have the cash flow available. So they asked JE and TD if they could defer a years salary to free up cash flow and they would pay them the following year with interest. They agreed, and the accountants were later fired for doing it. The donkos didn’t pay anybody under the table. They didn’t raise the cap. They didn’t sign any star players. No competitive advantage was gained. They deferred their two biggest stars salary for one year to free up the cash flow to finance their new stadium. Simple as that.
    Now back to football…Brady sucks when he goes to Denver. Fact! The Donkos are the only real threat to the cheating pats! Go deflate some balls, or tape opposing offenses, or whatever you got to do to win. All the patriots Super Bowls have asterisks next to them anyways, and everybody knows it.

  35. jrquiz says:
    September 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    Super Bowl 50!!! The Broncos won Super Bowl 50. Every fan base in the league wanted that title and we got it. Still feels great and will for years and years to come.
    ===================
    EARN one without cheating and maybe you will earn respect – until then you have nothing to be bragging about.

  36. gonzoobc says:
    September 5, 2017 at 12:39 am
    imodan
    Sep 4, 2017, 2:01 PM MDT
    “I know some posters don’t understand this (i.e., Pats fans) but the Broncos aren’t in salary cap hell, they aren’t cheating, and they are trying to remain competitive in a league that is evolving.”
    ——————————————————————————–
    OMG this is laugh out loud hysterical! Of course the Broncos aren’t in cap hell, they simply cheat it. Proven and punished accordingly. Wouldn’t expect less from a Broncos fan though.

    imodan
    Sep 4, 2017, 2:09 PM MDT
    black59razorblog says:
    September 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm
    Look at all the haters revealing their true inner fear. Truth is, Broncos roster is deeper and more talented than your teams. Fact
    —————————————————————————–
    Then maybe they just might make the playoffs? LOL, who am I kidding, they had to scoop up Brock freakin Osweiler. It was a nice run while you had the PED QB running the show but it’s over.

    ————————-
    LMAO!!!!! Denver never “cheated” the salary cap. You millennials need to stop trolling and actually get your facts straight, cause you sound stupid. The truth is, the Donkos had to finance $100 mill to build their new stadium and they didn’t have the cash flow available. So they asked JE and TD if they could defer a years salary to free up cash flow and they would pay them the following year with interest. They agreed, and the accountants were later fired for doing it. The donkos didn’t pay anybody under the table. They didn’t raise the cap. They didn’t sign any star players. No competitive advantage was gained. They deferred their two biggest stars salary for one year to free up the cash flow to finance their new stadium. Simple as that.
    Now back to football…Brady sucks when he goes to Denver. Fact! The Donkos are the only real threat to the cheating pats! Go deflate some balls, or tape opposing offenses, or whatever you got to do to win. All the patriots Super Bowls have asterisks next to them anyways, and everybody knows it.

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    gonzooboc… you are my new hero. Speak truth to ignorance. Ever wonder what happened to those two goons caught SUCKING the air out of BRADY’S BALLS? They spend all their time on PFT commenting on Broncos stories (joetoronto, tylawsprick6 etc etc). I wish I could keep up with these losers but that family, mortgage, and job things get in the way!

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