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Denver Broncos sign safety T.J. Ward

The Denver Broncos found a way to get busy in the early portion of free agency.

They have signed safety T.J. Ward, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Ward left the Cleveland Browns when they signed Donte Whitner in the first hour of free agency.

The Pro Bowler Ward is known as a big hitter and fiery leader and was one of the Browns' locker-room leaders, along with D'Qwell Jackson, the past few seasons.

The Broncos have wanted to get tougher defensively, and this helps them do that. Tom Heckert, who is now in the Broncos' front office, scouted Ward coming out of Oregon for the Browns.

Terms were not available immediately.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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