The agent for Browns S T.J. Ward issued statement on Tuesday regarding his contract situation with the Browns.
“Detailed contract discussions with multiple front office executives of the Browns began last month at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis,” Josh Arnold said in a statement release, via The Akron Beacon Journal. “Since then several conversations have occurred in an attempt to secure a new deal for TJ, but we’ve yet to agree on terms that work for both sides.
“T.J. has proven himself to be not only an elite NFL safety, but an elite and top NFL player league wide which is evidenced by him earning both All Pro and Pro Bowl recognition this past season. With the passing of the franchise/transition tag deadline, we remain open to further discussions with the Browns in working towards a long-term deal and look forward to that possibility. However, if things don’t work out in Cleveland, we likewise look forward to the opportunity that can coincide with becoming an unrestricted free agent. Several factors will be considered before making a final decision that will provide best for T.J. and his family.”
Ward, 27, looks to be in position to reach the open market and should be one of the most sought after players in this year’s free agent class.
With all the cap space available and a number of teams in need of safety help, Ward should easily be able to secure a top-ten contract for the safety position in next few weeks.
The Browns have more than enough money to retain Ward, but there has been some speculation that they could target Bills free agent S Jairus Byrd and allow Ward to sign elsewhere, but there hasn’t been any concrete reports suggesting that this is a strong option.
We have him listed as the No. 4 player in out recently updated Top 50 Free Agents list.