Denver Broncos: Breaking Down Why T.J. Ward Will Be Their Defensive X-Factor

March 15, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Aqib Talib got the money. DeMarcus Ware got the media attention.
However, while both of Denver's recent free-agent signees will help, it's T.J. Ward who will make the biggest impact.
Ward "only" got paid $23 million over four years, which is not a lot compared to the $57 million Talib could make (over the span of his six-year deal) and Ware's $10 million average annual salary. However, he is worth much more than his contract, and he's going to prove that.
He graded out as the third-best safety in the league, and he scored positively in both run defense and pass defense. Ward also surrendered a mere 61.3 opponent passer rating, flexing his muscles in the passing game.
He is also a hard hitter. He is known for knocking out New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, but he has also laid the wood on other players. Ward will set the tone for the Broncos defense, much like enforcer Kam Chancellor did for the Seattle Seahawks in their crushing defeat of Denver in the S...

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