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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Broncos sign safety T.J. Ward

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The Denver Broncos made a move to bolster their secondary Tuesday, signing former Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward.

T.J. Ward
Hard-hitting safety T.J. Ward left the Browns to sign as a free agent with the Broncos.

Ward grew into his role at safety and had his best season in 2013, with 112 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and two interceptions. He also became much more of a team leader.

He is not the greatest coverage safety in the league, but he is a big, physical player who can play near the line of scrimmage in run support. He fits in a system that values aggressive safeties.

Ward was caught in a mini-controversy last season when he went low against New England's Rob Gronkowski after the tight end made a catch. Ward said he made a decision to go low to avoid a fine for hitting high, but the hit wound up sidelining Gronkowski for the season with torn knee ligaments.

A second-round draft choice in 2010, Ward started immediately as a rookie. He missed 10 games the next two seasons but bounced back to have his best season in his contract year.

ESPN.com Browns reporter Pat McManamon contributed to this report.