They’re the third team to be connected to Ward in a formal capacity, joining the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos. Denver has money and is needy at strong safety. Broncos executive Tom Heckert drafted Ward during his time in Cleveland.The National Football Post reported that “about a dozen NFL teams” have expressed interest in or inquired about free agent SS T.J. Ward since the negotiating period began on Saturday.
As of Sunday, the Cleveland Browns had not inquired about free agent free safety Jairus Byrd on the first day of the NFL’s negotiating period. The top-ranked defensvie back is said to be coveting $9 million per year and there continues to be links to former Bills coaches Mike Pettine and Jim O’Neil. It also helps that the Browns have roughly $50 million in cap space heading into Tuesday’s free agency period.