Ward tells Renck that he believes he has proven himself during his time in Denver and would “love” to finish his career with the Broncos.
“I would love to finish my career here,” Ward told Denver7 in an exclusive interview. “I’d like to see something get done. They have done that in the past with guys. I think I have proven myself. But if they think I need to show more, then I will just have to keep proving it to them.”
“I want to be here,” Ward added. “We will see what happens.”
Renck mentions that Ward has been a valuable part of the Broncos’ secondary, but they have invested heavily in a number of defensive players, which could impact talks with Ward moving forward.
Ward, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Browns back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract with the Browns before signing a four-year, $22.5 million contract that included $13.5 million guaranteed with the Broncos in 2014.
Ward is entering the final year of his contract and stands to make a base salary of $4.5 million for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Ward appeared in 14 games for the Broncos and recorded 87 tackles, one sack, an interception, two forced fumbles and eight pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 50 safety out of 90 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding an extension for Ward as the news is available.