Report: Broncos expected to cut T.J. Ward if they can’t trade him

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Broncos linebacker Von Miller hopes the multiple reports this week regarding trade talks involving safety T.J. Ward are “fake news,” but it continues to look like Ward is in his final days with the team whether or not a swap materializes.

Mike Klis of KUSA reports that the Broncos are expected to release Ward if they are unable to make a trade with another team. The move would clear $4.5 million from the cap and save the same amount in real dollars, which Klis reports is a factor in the team’s thinking because it would provide money that could go toward extensions for players like kicker Brandon McManus and linebacker Todd Davis.

That would be less appealing if the team thinks that they’ll be left shorthanded without Ward’s services, but Justin Simmons is thought to be ready to step into the lineup after the team got an extended look at him while Ward missed time with a hamstring injury this summer.

The Broncos also have Simmons’ fellow 2016 draft pick Will Parks and undrafted rookie Jamal Carter, who Klis calls a “bigger version of Ward,” in a secondary that appears to be taking on a new look this season.

27 responses to “Report: Broncos expected to cut T.J. Ward if they can’t trade him

  1. Problem is he’s an under sized linebacker playing safety. With the game changing to 60 pass attempts per game, you need a true safety that can cover. He’s a beast at blitzing and run stopping, but now a defensive backfield liability.

  2. Funny – he called the Raiders receivers “average”. Average players get cut from their team when no other team will trade for them. In fact, they’re usually below average.

  3. Mick Woolhether says:
    August 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    He’s a beast at blitzing and run stopping, but now a defensive backfield liability.
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    And don’t forget opponent’s knees, he’s a beast and a hell of a liability to those too.

  4. “With the game changing to 60 pass attempts per game, you need a true safety that can cover.”

    He had an INT and 8 passes defensed last season. Eight is pretty good for a safety and says he can cover decently.

    Kind of shocking they’re releasing him this late before the season. He should have no trouble finding a new team.

  5. Mick Woolhether says:
    And don’t forget opponent’s knees, he’s a beast and a hell of a liability to those too.
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    If your team is worried about their knees while playing football, perhaps they should just lie down when approached by defenses.

  6. okyosandblaster says:
    August 31, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    This guy could start at QB for the Vikings.

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    And still beat the Packers

  7. My guess is that his injury has them worried. They were talking with him about an extension two months ago. He is injury prone and in the last year of his deal.

  8. Cap hell. You can’t sign people or give out extensions if you have a bloated cap.
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    They’re just shy of $10mil under the cap…

  9. mark4steelers says:
    August 31, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    Steelers have enough cap room…Vance McDonald on Tuesday, Haden on Wednesday, Ward on Thurday! Wouldn’t that be an awesome hat trick!
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    Yeah awesome! Vance has bad hands, Haden has lost more than a step and no longer has the flexibility in his hips like he had 3 years ago and he’s injury prone while the Broncos are not letting Ward go because of his contract of $4.5 million but because he’s a liability in coverage. Great run stopper but way below average in coverage.

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