According to Fowler, the Steelers have checked in on Ward but aren’t a “major player” for him right now.
Ward is, arguably, the best available player right now and should be able to secure a decent contract on the open market, despite the fact that he’s been released just a week before the start of the season.
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 was entering the final year of his contract and set to make a base salary of $4.5 million for the 2017 season when the Broncos cut him loose Saturday.
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 had him rated as the No. 50 safety out of 90 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding where Ward could end up as the news is available.