- Adam Caplan reports that the Eagles have not spoken to Ward’s agent.
- Caplan adds that Ward “doesn’t fit what they need” at the safety position.
Previous reports have mentioned that the Broncos and Jets are two other teams to watch in regards to Ward.
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.
We have him listed as the No. 4 player in out recently updated Top 50 Free Agents list.
- Klis mentions that the Broncos have also expressed interest in other free agent safeties including Louis Delmas (Lions).
- Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Ward is also on the Jets’ priorities list offseason.
It’s worth mentioning that Broncos front office executive Tom Heckert drafted Ward while in Cleveland, so he’s more than familiar with him as a player.
Previous reports have indicated close to a “dozen” NFL teams have already reached to Ward in recent days. The Lions are reportedly among the teams with interest in Ward.
It was a little surprising that he didn’t hear more details regarding teams with interest in Ward given that he is widely expected to be one of the best available free agents.
Rapoport adds that the Lions are hoping to create enough cap space to go after Ward in free agency by restructuring the contract of DT Ndamukong Suh.
Suh just recently hired an agent, so there is a good chance that contract talks will pick up in the next few days.
There is no question the Lions need to improve at safety, especially now that they parted ways with Louis Delmas.