After watching Seattle strong safety Kam Chancellor bully his wide receivers, John Elway has imported his own enforcer.
The Broncos have agreed to terms with former Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward, sources told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday. Ward is flying to Denver to sign the contract on Tuesday night, per NFL Media's Albert Breer.
Via Twitter, Elway confirmed the addition of Ward, with the team announcing the move as well.
Excited to announce we've agreed to terms with strong safety T.J. Ward. He'll bring energy and toughness to our secondary.â John Elway (@johnelway) March 11, 2014
It's no surprise that Ward landed in Denver, as Tom Heckert selected him in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft when the current Broncos director of pro personnel was general manager of the Browns.
One of the NFL's premier "box" safeties, Ward attacks the line of scrimmage in the run game and punishes receivers across the middle. His weakness in deep coverage will be mitigated by free safety Rahim Moore, who offers plenty of range as a center fielder.
If the Broncos' offseason goal is to match the physicality of the NFC superpowers, they are off to a good start.
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