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Broncos agree to terms with former Browns S T.J. Ward

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

T.J. Ward and his 75 tackles in 2013 are heading to Denver. (USATSI)
T.J. Ward and his 75 tackles in 2013 are heading to Denver. (USATSI)

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The Broncos were manhandled for 60 minutes in Super Bowl XLVIII, and team executive John Elway went about rectifying that an hour into free agency when he announced that Denver had signed former Cleveland safety T.J. Ward.

The Browns, who drafted Ward in the second round of the 2010 draft, decided not to re-sign one of the best safeties in the game, and now he's a member of the defending AFC champs (meanwhile, Cleveland has gotten older on defense, replacing linebacker D'Qwell Jackson with Karlos Dansby and possibly looking for Donte Whitner to replace Ward).

The Broncos' defense ranked 15th overall in 2013, according to Football Outsiders, but was 21st against the pass. Ward, who ranked as the sixth-best safety in the league, according to ProFootballFocus.com, will certainly upgrade the unit bringing, as Elway describes, "energy and toughness" to the secondary.

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