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“After receiving numerous requests from local and national media outlets, fans, and several others connected to the Cleveland community we felt it necessary to provide a statement with respect to T.J.’s current contract situation. Detailed contract discussions with multiple front office executives of the Browns began last month at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Since then several conversations have occurred in an attempt to secure a new deal for T.J., but we’ve yet to agree on terms that work for both sides.”
The agent, Josh Arnold, said Ward is open to further talks with the Browns.
Both are 27-year-old Oregon products who were second-team all-pros last season, Philly.com notes. Eagles coach Chip Kelly was Oregon's offensive coordinator during Byrd's last two seasons with the Ducks, and Kelly was head coach for Ward's senior season.
"Oh, I’m familiar with coach [Chip] Kelly and I know they're headed in the right direction," Byrd told ESPN.
Pro Bowl strong safety
"It's just good to know who we're working with now," he told the team website. "The sooner, the better, so we can get to work and start with a new system. I'm excited and eager to get ready. We've got a good nucleus of players, and I'm just ready to get to work.
"Defensive-minded coaches always have a special place with me being a defensive guy, but I'm very excited to meet him and get going."
Ward is coming off his healthiest and finest season. He registered 112 tackles, two interceptions and his first career pick-six.
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