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T.J. Ward | Defensive Back

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/12/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
College: Oregon
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Broncos SS T.J. Ward appeared in a Denver court on Friday to face an arrest warrant accusing him of misdemeanor assault and peace disturbance.
He'll appear in court next on June 23. The warrant was put out on Ward following a "scuffle" at "PT's All Nude" strip club. The Denver Post reports Ward thought he had cleared with bar management the right to bring alcohol into the club, "but when questioned by the wait staff a confrontation ensued." Barring an outright conviction, we wouldn't expect Ward to face stiff NFL discipline. May 23 - 1:36 PM
Source: Denver Post

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Denver police issued an arrest warrant for new Broncos SS T.J. Ward for misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace.

The charges stem from a May 9 "scuffle" at a Denver-area nightclub, details of which are not known. Police are waiting for Ward to surrender. The Broncos released a statement saying, "We have been aware of this issue and will continue to review all of the facts." Ward was signed by the Broncos to a four-year, $23 million deal in March. In 2012 with the Browns, Ward was reportedly involved in a "confrontation with another man" outside of a Hollywood nightclub, though no arrests were made. He has no other history of off-field issues.
May 22 - 6:43 PM

Broncos agreed to terms with SS T.J. Ward, formerly of the Browns, on a four-year, $23 million contract.

The $5.75 million annual average is far less than Ward was expected to get, but he does land $14 million guaranteed. That's not good news for free agent FS Jairus Byrd. Ward is reunited with ex-Browns GM Tom Heckert, who drafted Ward with the 38th pick in the 2010 draft. Ward will take over for SS Duke Ihenacho in Denver. An already elite Broncos run defense gets stronger.
Mar 11 - 5:15 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles are "not in the mix" for free agent SS T.J. Ward.

Despite an early Tuesday report that they were, the Eagles are not expected to spend big at safety. They're targeting Mike Mitchell at a lower cost. RapSheet mentions the Lions and Redskins as likelier suitors for 27-year-old Ward.
Mar 11 - 9:01 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports free agent SS T.J. Ward is drawing "strong interest" from the Lions and Eagles.

The Jets and Broncos have also been linked to Ward, Denver most strongly. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport initially reported Detroit's interest in Ward early last weekend. They appear to be still in the hunt after losing Louis Delmas to Miami. Ward is a box safety and striker in the running game.
Mar 11 - 7:59 AM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets have interest in free agent SS T.J. Ward.

They're the third team to be connected to Ward, joining Detroit and Denver. Assuming the Broncos are willing to pony up the money -- and they have plenty of cap space -- we're considering Denver the favorites for Ward. Ward would help the Jets, but they have bigger needs to fill on offense and at cornerback.
Mar 10 - 12:26 AM

According to the Denver Post, the Broncos are expected to pursue free agent SS T.J. Ward when the market opens Tuesday.

As we suspected. Denver is needy at strong safety, and Broncos exec Tom Heckert drafted Ward in Cleveland. The Broncos also have quite a bit of cap (roughly $25 million) for a team commonly perceived as old. Ward turned 27 in December. He is a difference-making run defender and not a liability in coverage.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 9 - 9:29 PM

The National Football Post reports "about a dozen NFL teams" have expressed interest in or inquired about free agent SS T.J. Ward since the negotiating period began on Saturday.

We don't doubt Ward has drawn a lot of interest, but the only team specifically reported to have reached out is the Detroit Lions. Ward is Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent safety, just behind Jairus Byrd and ahead of Donte Whitner.
Mar 9 - 5:40 PM

The Lions have inquired about free agent SS T.J. Ward.

Ward's market seemed to be rather slow on day one of the negotiating period, but we still expect him to land a sizable long-term deal. He's a 27-year-old tone setter in the secondary. Ward would replace Louis Delmas in Detroit.
Mar 8 - 11:04 PM

Free agent T.J. Ward's player rep says he's had "detailed contract discussions" with the Browns.

Ward's rep says the sides have had extensive talks since the Combine, and that Ward "(remains) open to further discussions." It sounds like a deal could still be struck before Tuesday's official start of free agency, but that Ward is ready to hit the open market after he wasn't franchise tagged. The sides' exclusive negotiating window ends Saturday.
Mar 4 - 4:42 PM

The Browns have begun efforts to re-sign free agent SS T.J. Ward.

Per ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, Ward and free agent C Alex Mack are the "top priorities" for new GM Ray Farmer. The franchise tag for safeties will be $8.021 million. Teams have from now until March 3 to use the tag, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport stated last week that he'd be "surprised" if the Browns didn't tag Ward. Mack is going to require a long-term commitment.
Feb 17 - 1:50 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport would be "surprised" if the Browns didn't use the franchise tag on free agent SS T.J. Ward.

ESPN Cleveland also considers Ward a strong candidate to be franchised. The tag is expected to be worth just over $8 million for safeties. It's unknown what kind of deal Ward is seeking in free agency. Not counting Eric Berry's rookie deal, the $19 million guaranteed Eric Weddle took home in July 2011 was the most ever for a safety.
Feb 11 - 7:53 PM

ESPN Cleveland is "getting a sense" the Browns may use the franchise tag on impending free agent SS T.J. Ward.

Ward and Jairus Byrd highlight the potential free-agent safety market. Ward graded out as a top-three safety at Pro Football Focus this past season and was the site's No. 1 safety in terms of stopping the run. Ward's a hard-hitting, in-the-box safety who has already expressed a desire to remain in Cleveland. He and C Alex Mack are the Browns' most likely candidates for the tag.
Feb 2 - 11:47 AM

Impending free agent SS T.J. Ward hopes to re-sign with the Browns.

"I definitely want to be back,'' Ward said. "I like my team. I love my teammates. I love being in this city. I love the organization. We haven’t had many wins, but I think we’re building something here, and I think it’s being built the right way." Ward's gushing did not stop there. Ward is in the midst of another strong season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 4 safety while racking up 105 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. His interest in staying in Cleveland is almost certainly mutual. Ward is a strong candidate for the franchise tag.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 05:46:00 PM

Browns SS T.J. Ward blamed the league's rules for his low hit that reportedly tore Rob Gronkowski's ACL in Week 14.

Ward has already been fined three times in his career for high hits. So he aimed for Gronk's legs with his shoulder and connected. "When [the NFL] set the rule, everyone knew what was going to happen," Ward said. "This can happen if you have those types of situations. It's pretty much inevitable, and they forced our hand with this one."
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 08:48:00 AM

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