The Broncos are parting ways with a high-profile member of their vaunted Super Bowl-winning defense.
All-Pro safety T.J. Ward has been released by the team. The veteran was due a non-guaranteed $4.5 million in the final year of his deal.
"This was a difficult decision to part ways with T.J. after everything he's done for our football team," general manager John Elway said in a statement. "He was a respected teammate whose attitude and physical mindset played a big part in our Super Bowl run. We thank T.J. for his contributions as a Bronco and wish him nothing but the best in the future."
Ward tweeted the following after his release:
The move comes after a week's worth of whispers that Ward, 30, would be let go after three seasons as a starting backstop for Denver. He battled hamstring issues during camp and lost footing to second-year defender Justin Simmons.
Initially drafted by the Browns in 2010, Ward is bound to find work in a hurry after building a reputation as a hard-hitting defender. In fact, it would come as no surprise to see him to land a new gig before the weekend wraps up.