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Report | Broncos pondering TJ Ward trade

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30: Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43) is forced out of bounds short of the goal as he returns an interception during a game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers on October 30, 2016, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO. Denver defeated San Diego by a score of 27 to 19. (Photo by Rich Gabrielson/Icon Sportswire)
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The Denver Broncos have received calls about safety T.J. Ward and have engaged in trade discussions regarding the veteran defensive back, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The Broncos potentially moving Ward would be no minor move either. The 30-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowler, having made three straight trips to Honolulu between 2013-14 and 2015-16. Last season, Ward recorded 87 total tackles, one sack, one interception, three forced fumbles and eight pass defenses.

The San Francisco native, who played his collegiate football at the University of Oregon, was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round (38th pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. Ward immediately made an impact during his rookie campaign, piling up 108 total tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and 10 pass defenses while starting all 16 regular-season games. He played the first four years of his career with the Browns before signing a four-year deal with Denver in March 2014.

After making the Pro Bowl during his final year in Cleveland thanks to 112 stops, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown, Ward made his presence known in the “Mile High City” by making the Pro Bowl during his first two seasons with the Broncos. In 2015-16, Ward helped lead a dominant Denver defense to a Super Bowl win, registering 61 total tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and six pass defenses in 12 regular-season games.

The Broncos are now coming off a 2016-17 campaign in which the AFC West franchise won nine regular-season games and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010-11. Denver will play its final preseason game on Thursday evening when it takes on the Arizona Cardinals.

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