Broncos cut reserve TJ Ward after 3 seasons

12:51 PM ET


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In a pierce that could emanate ripples adult and down a abyss chart, a Denver Broncos are releasing reserve T.J. Ward after 3 seasons with a team, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.

The probability that Ward would be possibly traded or expelled by Saturday has been a hottest subject of review both inside and outward a Broncos’ formidable in new days. Ward, a three-time Pro Bowl preference who was set to enter a final year of his contract, has been an critical voice in a Broncos’ locker room and a pivotal partial of a Broncos’ “No Fly Zone” secondary.

The Broncos sensitive Ward of their preference Saturday morning. Ward had taken to Twitter progressing in a day, as he mostly does, and had posted “#blessedmorning before a news of his recover became public. Ward did not play in any of a Broncos’ 4 preseason games since of a hamstring damage and missed poignant use time as well.

Following Thursday night’s preseason finale, Broncos manager Vance Joseph was asked if he could contend if Ward would be traded or released. Joseph said: “Nothing on that. Again, it’s going to be a prolonged weekend of a lot of transactions. we can’t pronounce to that. At a finish of a day, we wish a best guys for a football team, and if he’s one of them, he’ll be here.”

Joseph was afterwards asked if he suspicion Ward would be a partial of a group after register cuts. Joseph added: “I can’t pronounce to that today. That’s some-more for [Friday’s] conversations and Saturday’s conversations.”

Team rosters league-wide contingency be cut to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET Saturday.

Ward pronounced this past week that he was concentrating on “getting prepared for a Chargers,” given a Broncos open a unchanging deteriorate Sept. 11 opposite a Los Angeles Chargers. He left a team’s locker room fast after Thursday night’s diversion and was one of 29 starters or regulars who did not play in a game.

The 30-year-old Ward sealed with a Broncos in 2014 in an offseason when Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and Emmanuel Sanders were also combined to a roster. He has been named to a Pro Bowl in dual of his prior 3 seasons in Denver.

Ward’s recover could need during slightest some courtesy on Joseph’s partial to a team’s locker room.

“I’m with him. I’m with him 100 percent,” pronounced linebacker Von Miller Thursday night. “I don’t consider he should be going. That’s a cornerstone of a ‘No Fly Zone.’ The ‘No Fly Zone’ has done me good individually, us good as a invulnerability and us good as an organization. We have championship leaders. We make championship decisions all a time. The front bureau puts us in championship positions all a time. You can usually trust those guys like those guys trust us.”

Justin Simmons, whom a Broncos comparison in a third turn of a 2016 draft, has played in Ward’s mark in a preseason and will be a starter into a unchanging deteriorate as well. Simmons’ presentation has been partial of a reason a Broncos were deliberation perplexing to trade Ward before releasing him.

“You’re articulate about a leader, not usually in a defense, though in a locker room,” Simmons pronounced this past week. “Everyone looks adult to him and respects him, myself included. … It’s only crazy conference all this speak and all around it.”

Linebacker Brandon Marshall posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon that “Letting go of TJ would be a mistake. With all a plays he’s done and care he’s brought. He deserves to during slightest play out his contract.”

Ward finished what he had pronounced was his best all-around deteriorate in 2015 with 87 tackles, a sack, an interception and 3 forced fumbles.


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