The complete overhaul of the Cleveland Browns front office this offseason resulted in stark personnel changes for the team.
According to T.J. Ward, he was devalued completely, prompting him to state “Cleveland offered me nothing“.
“The guys that they brought in, the coaches, that whole new genre, they didn’t bring me in.”
- Chris Wesseling of NFL.com adds that T.J. Ward never met with new Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine, before hitting the free agent market.
It is difficult to discern just how much of Ward‘s strong words are hyperbole, but there appears to be some truth to his statements. Despite being one of the premier safeties in the free agent market, it became clear relatively quickly that Ward was going to move on from Cleveland.
Cleveland, instead, gave S Donte Whitner a four-year, $28 million deal.
Ward, 27, totaled 112 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a fumble returned for a touchdown for the Browns last year. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 3 safety in the league last year, grading particularly high in run support.
Denver signed T.J. Ward to a four-year, $23 million deal, which seems like a steal for the Broncos.