Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward celebrated during Super Bowl 50 (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Denver Broncos are parting ways with safety T.J. Ward, an originaly member of the "No Fly Zone" secondary.
Cuts are due by 2 p.m. mountain time Saturday but the team has told Ward, 30, he will not be back. Ward was due $4.5 million in salary this season.
The Broncos are talented and deep at safety, with young players Justin Simmons and Will Parks ready to step in.
😡😡 Ima miss my dawg @BossWard43— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) September 2, 2017
Going to miss my Dawg! Irreplaceable Passion, Leadership, and just a DOG on the field!! I've… https://t.co/egH6tJ5oe5— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshh54) September 2, 2017
The #Broncos have informed three-time Pro Bowler and all-pro safety TJ Ward that he's been released, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2017
It's a fact of NFL life: If you're older (T.J. is 30), making $4.5M, and there is young talent behind you, you are vulnerable. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 2, 2017
BRONCOS INFORM S T.J. WARD OF RELEASE
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have informed safety T.J. Ward that he will be released, President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced on Saturday.
“This was a difficult decision to part ways with T.J. after everything he’s done for our football team,” Elway said. “He was a respected teammate whose attitude and physical mindset played a big part in our success, especially during our Super Bowl run.
“We thank T.J. for his contributions as a Bronco and wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
Entering his eighth season, Ward spent the last three years with the Broncos after being signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2014. He started all 41 regular-season games played as well as four postseason contests while making the Pro Bowl in two of his three seasons in Denver (2014, ‘15).
He totaled 222 tackles (179 solo), five sacks (49 yds.), three interceptions (78 yds.), 19 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in regular-season action with the Broncos. In the postseason, he added 19 tackles (11 solo), one interception, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
Ward started all 95 regular-season games played during his NFL career with Denver (2014-16) and Cleveland (2010-13) after being selected by the Browns in the second round (38th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft from the University of Oregon. His seven-year NFL totals include 545 tackles (411 solo), 8.5 sacks (78 yds.), eight interceptions (211 yds.), 41 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.