Broncos making, not taking, calls on T.J. Ward

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The report that the Broncos are considering a trade of veteran safety T.J. Ward is accurate. But they’re not receiving calls about Ward; per a league source, the Broncos are making them.

It’s a significant difference. It suggests that the Broncos want to move Ward, and that they are trying to create a market for him by creating the impression that other teams want to acquire him.

Ward, 30, is entering the final year of a four-year, $22.5 million contract that he signed in 2014. He is due to earn a base salary of $4.5 million in 2017.

The trade talks could be a precursor to a decision to cut Ward, if a deal can’t be struck. The Broncos are deep at the position, and they could be inclined to save some money and move on from Ward on Saturday, if they can’t trade him.

Get ready for more talks of this nature, as teams carry 90 players in advance of Saturday’s deadline for reducing the roster to 53 players. And get ready for one of the craziest days of transactions that the league has ever seen on any day other than the first day of free agency.

27 responses to “Broncos making, not taking, calls on T.J. Ward

  1. Makes sense. They have a lot of cheaper depth behind him and they have needs elsewhere.

    Appreciate Ward and wouldnt mind him still on the team, but Justin Simmons is starting material

  2. td30 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    Makes sense. They have a lot of cheaper depth behind him and they have needs elsewhere.

    Appreciate Ward and wouldnt mind him still on the team, but Justin Simmons is starting material

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    what depth?

  3. tylawspick6 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 3:27 pm
    td30 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    Makes sense. They have a lot of cheaper depth behind him and they have needs elsewhere.

    Appreciate Ward and wouldnt mind him still on the team, but Justin Simmons is starting material

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    what depth?

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    Justin Simmons and Will Parks mainly. Orion Stewart has played well in preseason. On top of having Darian Stewart on the other side of that place

    any other questions?

  4. It kind of sucks for these guys to get cut right before the start of the season. At least give the guy some advanced warning so he has time to catch on elsewhere.

  5. TJ has been hurt injured a lot the past 18 months. Gonna suck to lose him though. NOt sure those guys behind him are near as good as him, going to lose a lot of toughness as well.

  6. It kind of sucks for these guys to get cut right before the start of the season. At least give the guy some advanced warning so he has time to catch on elsewhere.

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    Why would they cut him? Denver isn’t over the cap or in a terrible cap situation. Plus if you can’t trade him and you just release him you don’t get a comp pick for him. If his hits FA and signs somewhere we would at least get a draft pick for him. So why cut him for nothing?

  7. Elway mortgaged the future by signing Manning, Ware, Ward, Talib and now the bill is due. Elway was great as a QB but he has been a very mediocre GM.

  8. trubroncfan07 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    The rookie Carter from Mia has played so well that this is kind of pushing TJ out the door.

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    Interesting.

    A Cheatos fan willing to stick his neck out and pretend a rookie who will be facing Brady and Co later in the year is an upgrade over TJ Ward.

    We shall see if what you say is true, but Elway’s drafting lately hasn’t been so good, especially on D.

    Barrett, one trick mini-Ware (Shane Ray) who can’t set the edge, a new coach and DC, etc, etc, etc.

  9. trubroncfan07 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    TJ has been hurt injured a lot the past 18 months. Gonna suck to lose him though. NOt sure those guys behind him are near as good as him, going to lose a lot of toughness as well.

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    Interesting. Why the complete 180 statements back to back?

    “Why the 2 orders?”

    “Colonel?”

  10. Ward is a liability in coverage. They probably want to cut him to make cap room for someone else they have on their radar. He’s too short and slow anyway. Teams needing a safety who can sub as a really small linebacker who is a liability in coverage should jump on this once in a lifetime opportunity. Or teams needing someone to punch an opposing player in a critical moment of the fourth quarter. Luckily he has Shooter Talib there to keep him level-headed.

  11. Wonder what would happen if it was a guaranteed contract like the NBA ? Would they still try to move him ? No reason for another team to pick up that salary if they’re just going to cut him.

  12. Justin Simmons and Will Parks mainly. Orion Stewart has played well in preseason. On top of having Darian Stewart on the other side of that place

    any other questions?

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    Justin Simmons from BC? LOL!

    And Parks/Stewart are mediocre. Ward is clearly the center piece on the back end.

    Good luck!

  13. td30 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    Makes sense. They have a lot of cheaper depth behind him and they have needs elsewhere.

    Appreciate Ward and wouldnt mind him still on the team, but Justin Simmons is starting material

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    You think the kid from BC is starting material right now in the NFL?

  14. This is why BB is so classy and players love him.
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    They love winning. Thats about it.

    I’m sure they have no love for a man that will use them up and cut him the first chance he gets.

  15. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    Elway mortgaged the future by signing Manning, Ware, Ward, Talib and now the bill is due. Elway was great as a QB but he has been a very mediocre GM.

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    Your Jets have been mediocre since 1968…..and that was in their few good years. The rest of the years, they have simply been putrid.

  16. They love winning. Thats about it.

    I’m sure they have no love for a man that will use them up and cut him the first chance he gets.

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    100% false.

    Players love playing for him and they appreciate the dignity he gives them by letting them hit FA because it’s something they’ve earned (Edelman is a good example, or Hightower this past year).

    And, when he cuts a vet while speaking highly them just days prior, in order to make sure he doesn’t smear their name, so they can get employment elsewhere.

    The myths about BB are just that. Myths. The opposite is usually the truth when it comes to peeling back the layers of a false narrative about anything NE.

    I repeat: Players LOVE playing for BB.

    Been documented dozens of times.

  17. Notice he didn’t say 7 Super Bowl victories. Sort of matters.
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    Bengals, Jets, Raiders, Chargers, Seahawks, Browns, Giants, Vikings.. Falcons.. Dolphins….

    .. how many teams WISH they could say they’ve been to 7 Super Bowls in 30 years?

  18. Elway mortgaged the future by signing Manning, Ware, Ward, Talib and now the bill is due. Elway was great as a QB but he has been a very mediocre GM.
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    Just like your team mortgaged their future betting Brady wouldn’t fall off the face of the earth.

    How would that $40mil cap hit have felt in 2016? Or $28mil this year? Lucky the roulette wheel didn’t bust you.

    Sooner or later, you’re going to have to pay the check.

  19. 100% false.

    Players love playing for him and they appreciate the dignity he gives them by letting them hit FA because it’s something they’ve earned (Edelman is a good example, or Hightower this past year).
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    Lawyer Milloy, Drew Bledsoe are not in agreement with you (as good examples)

  20. Here is the scouting report on that “martin guy” from Miami as an UDFA, whom, apparently, the Broncos fan above claims is pushing Ward out the door:

    “Instincts are below average. Slow to respond to what he sees. Hesitation allows for throwing windows in the seam and over the top. Makes way too few plays on the ball. Too easily manipulated by quarterbacks. Majority of tackles happened down the field. Slow to diagnose run and race downhill to help. Tape shows mental busts that lead to big plays for opponents.”

    Thanks!

    – All 2017 Broncos opponents

  21. aarons444 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    Elway mortgaged the future by signing Manning, Ware, Ward, Talib and now the bill is due. Elway was great as a QB but he has been a very mediocre GM.
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    Just like your team mortgaged their future betting Brady wouldn’t fall off the face of the earth.

    How would that $40mil cap hit have felt in 2016? Or $28mil this year? Lucky the roulette wheel didn’t bust you.

    Sooner or later, you’re going to have to pay the check.

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    Umm, nope. There will be no “check”. If there is, it will be VERY small. Brady, BB and Kraft are all on the same page there.

  22. aarons444 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Bengals, Jets, Raiders, Chargers, Seahawks, Browns, Giants, Vikings.. Falcons.. Dolphins….

    .. how many teams WISH they could say they’ve been to 7 Super Bowls in 30 years?
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    As a Chiefs fan, I would have been happy with 1 in 47.

  23. aarons444 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Notice he didn’t say 7 Super Bowl victories. Sort of matters.
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    Bengals, Jets, Raiders, Chargers, Seahawks, Browns, Giants, Vikings.. Falcons.. Dolphins….

    .. how many teams WISH they could say they’ve been to 7 Super Bowls in 30 years?

    9 SuperBowls in the last 32 years – ’85, 96, 01, 03, 04, 07, 11, 15, 17…

  24. He is making a big salary, is 30 years old and he is in his final year of a contract and will be holding out for a really large contract next year. They have three young promising safeties behind him and will have to cut one if they keep him. I haad a brother who played in the NFL and I hate that it is so cutthroat, but that’s the nature of the beast. I wish we still had Prater as our kicker but that’s life inn the NFL.

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