Free agent safety T.J. Ward signs deal with Denver Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Free agent safety T.J. Ward put pen to paper, finalizing his deal to play with the Denver Broncos starting next season.

The acquisition of Ward was announced by the team during the opening hours of free agency Tuesday.

"Excited to announce we've agreed to terms with strong safety T.J. Ward. He'll bring energy and toughness to our secondary," VP and GM of Football Operations John Elway tweeted.

"There's something different about imposing your will on the other team and having that attitude. They know that when they come out and play you they better get ready because it is going to be a long day and I think that is something that I can bring to this team," Ward said during his introductory press conference Wednesday.

Then, during a Wednesday morning visit, the Broncos tweeted a photo of Ward signing the contract.

"You know, the money is great, but at the end of the day it's all about winning," Ward said. "It's all about being around good people, good teammates and I knew that is what I was going to get coming here."

Ward had 129 tackles and two interceptions for Cleveland last year.

During his first interview as a Bronco, Ward said the chance to play with Peyton Manning was a big factor in his decision.

"Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning," he said. "The best quarterback in the game. A great leader. My years in Cleveland, we never had a consistent quarterback. So coming here (go from) inconsistency to the best quarterback, maybe, to ever play the game is a huge factor."

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