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T.J. Ward wasn't on the open market for long.

Just hours after the Denver Broncos parted ways with the veteran defensive back, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told NFL Network's James Palmer the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to sign Ward.

The former Broncos safety, who was released in part because of the non-guaranteed $4.5 million due to him in the final year of his deal, started 41 games in Denver the last three seasons and was a key cog in the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 run. Ward logged 87 tackles and an interception last season, though he battled hamstring issues during camp and appeared to lose footing to second-year defender Justin Simmons.

"[Ward] was a respected teammate whose attitude and physical mindset played a big part in our Super Bowl run," Broncos general manager John Elway said in a statement after cutting the defensive back. "We thank T.J. for his contributions as a Bronco and wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Ward, 30, will compete for playing time in Tampa with Chris Conte and Keith Tandy, who the Buccaneers list as their starting safeties. Rookie Justin Evans and offseason addition J.J. Wilcox also round out the Bucs' two-deep at the safety positions.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000838820/article/tampa-bay-buccaneers-expected-to-sign-tj-ward

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3 hours ago, mikeg272 said:

But but Sam Mills said he was going to be a panther because Stewart followed him on Twitter.....

Good move by Tampa Bay though. Helps their secondary a lot. 

Lol. The Tampa one came by surprise. Broncos cut TJ Ward originally because of his 4.5 million hit, and now Tampa pays even more than that.

Panthers were never going to be real bidders with that price range. It is what it is. Mike Adams is decent anyways, but we could use the depth.

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44 minutes ago, SamMills51 said:

Lol. The Tampa one came by surprise. Broncos cut TJ Ward originally because of his 4.5 million hit, and now Tampa pays even more than that.

Panthers were never going to be real bidders with that price range. It is what it is. Mike Adams is decent anyways, but we could use the depth.

Haha, I agree man, just giving you a hard time. 

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4 minutes ago, TexasFalcon4Life said:

True. This division will be one of, if not the best, in the NFL this year. 

Oh yea, from the bottom of the barrel of teams for many years. I believe the NFC South is easily the strongest division overall in the NFL right now.

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