The NFL's new roster-cutdown policy has led to a deluge of moves this weekend, as teams have only a few days to trim their rosters from 90 players down to 53. We've gotand a list of , but Saturday brought with it another big name that's heading to the open market.
Ward's name had surfaced in trade rumors earlier this week, but Broncos coach Vance Joseph. Just a few days later, he's been let go with no compensation at all. The move saves the Broncos $3.25 million against the salary cap, with $1.25 million counting against their books as dead money.
Broncos president of football operations John Elway called the move "a difficult decision."
The Broncos still have one of the better secondaries in football with Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib, and Bradley Roby at corner, plus Darian Stewart at the other safety spot. They have several options they can use to replace Ward, with William Parks and Justin Simmons likely to pick up a bunch of snaps.
As for Ward, there should be plenty of interest for his services around the league. He may not be a Pro Bowl quality player anymore, but he's still got plenty left in the tank. He should be at or near the top of the wish list for teams in need of an in-the-box safety. The Cowboys and Texans are two playoff hopefuls who could use an upgrade at the position.