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T.J. Ward | Defensive Back | #43

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/12/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
College: Oregon
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (38) / CLE
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Buccaneers agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with SS T.J. Ward, formerly of the Broncos.
Denver cut Ward to make room for promising youngsters Justin Simmons and Will Parks to play more snaps, but there are no indications Ward is washed up. Still only 30 years old, Ward forced five fumbles and tallied three sacks for the Broncos over the last two seasons. Ward is an imposing tone setter at strong safety, albeit a coverage liability. He should still start Week 1 for Tampa Bay. Sep 3 - 12:59 AM

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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Steelers have interest in free agent SS T.J. Ward.

Ward is the top safety available after getting dumped during final cuts. The Steelers are one of three teams that have been connected, but aren't the frontrunners to sign him. Ward is expected to make a decision no later than Sunday.
Source: ESPN
Sep 2 - 7:06 PM

Broncos released SS T.J. Ward.

The ex-Brown was headed into the final season of his four-year, $22.5 million deal. The move creates $4.5 million in cap space. Ward remained serviceable in 2016, but looked a step slower at age 30. He missed time with a hamstring issue this summer, and the Broncos decided they were comfortable with Justin Simmons as Ward's replacement. Ward should have a new home by this time next week.
Sep 2 - 11:35 AM

NBC Denver reports the Broncos are expected to "part ways" with SS T.J. Ward by Saturday's cut-down deadline.

Reporter Mike Klis says the move will come "preferably by trade." That means release is on the table if a deal can't be worked out. Due a non-guaranteed $4.5 million, Ward missed most of training camp with a hamstring issue. In that time, the Broncos apparently grew comfortable with second-year pro Justin Simmons as 30-year-old Ward's successor. Ward would quickly and easily find a new home if cut loose.
Source: NBC Denver
Aug 31 - 3:10 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos have discussed trading SS T.J. Ward.

It is a bit surprising considering Ward played well last season and is only a year removed from three-straight Pro Bowl nods, but he is entering the final year of his deal. After discussing an extension with him in May, the Broncos may have decided they will not be able to re-sign him. Ward will turn 31 in December.
Aug 29 - 1:03 PM

Broncos SS T.J. Ward (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

He's back after missing the last two weeks. Emmanuel Sanders also returned to practice after sitting out Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder issue. Ward was limited to individual drills on Tuesday but should be ready well in advance of Week 1.
Aug 22 - 7:56 PM

The Broncos have opened extension talks with contract-year SS T.J. Ward.

Ward is entering the final season of a four-year, $22.5 million contract. He's been a solid run-stopping presence on the back end for Denver, but isn't a lock to be re-signed. The Broncos gave Darian Stewart an extension last year and have 2016 third-rounder Justin Simmons as an in-house replacement. Ward hasn't set any deadlines for a new deal.
May 26 - 6:44 PM

Broncos SS T.J. Ward (concussion) is out for Week 17 against the Chiefs.

Ward hasn't played since suffering a concussion late in the Broncos' Week 15 loss to New England. There was no reason for him to come back this week with Denver already eliminated. Ward will finish the year with 87 tackles, one interception and three forced fumbles over 14 appearances.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 02:26:00 PM

Broncos SS T.J. Ward (concussion) is out for Week 16 against the Chiefs.

Ward suffered the injury late in Sunday's loss to New England. Will Parks will likely draw the start in his absence. The Broncos will also be without top inside linebacker Brandon Marshall, who is still nursing a hamstring injury.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:00:00 PM

Broncos SS T.J. Ward is in the concussion protocol.

Ward played 74-of-75 defensive snaps against New England in Week 15, so it's unclear when he got hurt. Most of the league is playing on Saturday this week but the Broncos will head to Kansas City Sunday for a game on Christmas night. That gives Ward a little more time, but there's still no guarantee he'll be through the concussion protocol by then. Will Parks would draw the start at strong safety if Ward can't get the nod in Week 16.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Broncos safeties T.J. Ward (ankle) and Darian Stewart (knee) were upgraded to probable for the Super Bowl.

The Broncos listed them questionable on last week's injury report. Both will start after practicing in full the last two days. Chris Harris (shoulder) is also probable.
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 05:04:00 PM

Broncos safeties T.J. Ward (ankle) and Darian Stewart (knee) were upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

The duo will be ready to rock for Sunday's title tilt.
Thu, Feb 4, 2016 06:56:00 PM

Broncos safeties T.J. Ward (ankle) and Darian Stewart (knee) were limited in Wednesday's practice.

Both were listed as questionable on last week's injury report. It puts them on track to play in the Super Bowl. The Broncos should have all their defensive starters against the Panthers.
Wed, Feb 3, 2016 07:08:00 PM

Broncos SS T.J. Ward (ankle, questionable) vowed to play in the Super Bowl.

"Anytime you get an opportunity to play in this game, and you can run a little bit, I'm guaranteeing you're going to be out there," Ward said. Fellow banged-up FS Darian Stewart (knee, questionable) echoed Ward's sentiment. "Without a doubt in my mind, I'm playing." Despite not practicing this week, both players should play against the Panthers.
Sat, Jan 30, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Broncos safeties T.J. Ward (ankle) and Darian Stewart (knee) are listed as questionable for next week's Super Bowl against the Panthers.

The injury designations aren't official, but neither player practiced this week. Both should be available for the Super Bowl. RCB Chris Harris (shoulder) is probable.
Fri, Jan 29, 2016 05:21:00 PM

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