The Denver Broncos made some big-time moves to address needs on the defensive side of the ball Tuesday afternoon. Denver would first pick-up strong safety T.J. Ward formerly of the Cleveland Browns on a four-year, $23 million deal with roughly $14.0 million guaranteed. Ward is expected to make over $5.5 million over those four years.
Excited to announce we’ve agreed to terms with strong safety T.J. Ward. He’ll bring energy and toughness to our secondary.
The biggest surprise of the night was the Denver Broncos reaching out to former New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib and reaching an agreement for six-years worth around $57 million. This isn’t the first time the Broncos have pried a player away from the Patriots. They would sign slot receiver Wes Welker in the offseason last year which was one of the biggest moves.
Talib fills the cornerback need which the Broncos need after releasing All-Pro Champ Bailey. Bailey freed up roughly $9.0 million in cap space which leaves the Broncos with plenty of flexibility. With the signing of Talib, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is no longer in the picture with the Broncos.
Broncos’ offer to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been pulled. He’s gone. Aqib Talib much stronger.
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 12, 2014
Filed to ESPN: Denver has emerged as the favorite to land former Dallas DE DeMarcus Ware, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014