"I would say so because he was obviously a valuable teammate to these guys," Joseph said, per ESPN's Jeff Legwold. "They won a lot of games together. It's natural, it's expected.
"It's a close-knit locker room," Joseph said. "I wasn't surprised to see guys saying, 'Hey, we're going to miss T.J. We don't want him to go.' That's natural and it should be that way in the locker room, and if it's not that would be concerning."
Denver chopped the 30-year-old Ward because they believe they have a better answer at safety in the younger Justin Simmons.
These moves drum up emotion, but don't expect a revolt. Denver's vaunted collection of defensive stars will quickly move on to prepare for next Monday's clash with the Chargers. They simply have no other choice.