Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Denver Broncos will pursue T.J. Ward, others for help at safety position


The Denver Broncos seek help at the safety position. Anybody who watched the team play this past season knows why.

For all of the talk about the other injuries on Denver’s defense (Von Miller, Kevin Vickerson), the missing player who probably deserved more attention was safety Rahim Moore. Yes, he is the guy who fell on his rear end on that deep pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 playoffs, but he is a quality player and the Broncos felt his absence in a big way after compartment syndrome in his leg ended his season.

With due respect to Duke Ihenacho and Mike Adams, the Broncos are tired of mediocre play at safety and will reportedly get serious about that position in free agency. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, that will start with T.J. Ward:

The Broncos are going to attempt to upgrade the position. They are expected to pursue Cleveland strong safety T.J. Ward when the free-agent market opens Tuesday. They also have expressed interest in Detroit safety Louis Delmas, while the Pro Bowl likes of Jairus Byrd and Donte Whitner also are available.”

As Klis notes, the Broncos saw firsthand, again and again, what a difference elite safeties can make as they got obliterated by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. They will look to upgrade there and at cornerback as they try to build a defense to match their elite offense.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Denver Broncos T.J. Ward

  • bronncohowie

    Of course the Broncos need a better defense. BUT, it was the offense that gave up 7 points and special teams that gave up another 7 points. If the offense would have contributed JUST their regular amount of points, Denver would have won. The most PRESSING need is a better offensive line. Replacing Clark and Franklin are the number one and two priorities in my mind. Yes, we need a better mike linebacker and more cornerbacks. Safeties also. But it will all be for naught if Clady isn’t the same as he was and we have to go with Clark and Franklin again. Those guys should have been cut right after the Super Bowl !

    • Matthew Heuser

      Franklin was a top five right tackle all season. Seahawks just proved their dominance over him.

      • http://blog.trwolfe.com T.R. Wolfe

        And wasn’t Clark replacing Clady?

        • Matthew Heuser

          Yes he was

          • http://blog.trwolfe.com T.R. Wolfe

            So those aren’t priorities at all. :D

  • Ernestine Garcia

    Franklin is one of the best rated threw PPF as the 5th best in the league are you crazy one bad game in the SuperBowl & he’s the weak link what team can protect there Quaterback from one of the best pass rushing teams & Chris Clark is better LT then some real starters in the league & he’s are back up did a dam good job filling in for us so you guys out there that think the two above names need replacing that Peyton was one of the least sacked QB’s you need to bump your breaks