Broncography: T.J. Ward

After having lost Rahim Moore to a lower leg compartment injury, with young Duke Ihenacho playing physically but erratically, and Mike Adams a better backup than starter, Denver recently found some help at safety in the form of T.J. Ward.

A former second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, Ward was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2013. The Broncos are betting that his physical playing style will benefit the way their defensive secondary holds off both passing and running games.

T.J. Ward was born Terrell Ray Williams Ward Jr. on December 12, 1986, in San Francisco. He's one of three children of Terrell and LaNeita Ward, and has a brother and a sister.

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Sanders’ agent responds to allegations

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Through a statement released by his publicist, the agent for Emmanuel Sanders has responded to accusations that he reneged on an agreement with the Chiefs.

The agent, Steve Weinberg, says that he and Sanders left Arrowhead on Saturday without an agreement, and were immediately "bombarded" with messages from teams interested in signing the player.

According to Weinberg, calls came in from Tampa Bay and Denver, all while the two were on their way to the airport to visit the Niners.

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Earthquake brings TD back to Mile High for just a moment


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Giants sign DRC and Holliday

Not that either player was still a priority for the Broncos, but the Giants have raided the roster of the 2013 AFC Champions for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and kick returner Trindon Holliday.

DRC got caught trying to haggle too hard on the first day of free agency, and the Broncos signed Aqib Talib instead.

The reported five-year, $35 million contract that DRC got appears to be less lucrative (on the surface, anyway) than the reported six-year, $54 million deal that he turned down from the Broncos.

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Mays: DeMarcus and Von will terrorize opponents

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DeMarcus Ware is coming off his worst season as a pro, but he was battling injuries, and it was also his first in a new system. When he’s healthy and at his best, he’s in the conversation for best defensive player in the league. And if he can be 85 percent of that next year, it will be horrifying for opposing offenses. Can you imagine Ware coming from one side and Von Miller coming from the other? The freedom Jack Del Rio will have with Ware, Miller, Derek Wolfe, Terrance Knighton, and Kevin Vickerson should make offensive coordinators run to the hills.

FWIW, Mays is skeptical of the Aqib Talib deal and fond of the T.J. Ward one, but both opinions appear based upon those initial guarantee reports we're so fond of.

Report: Ayers visiting Cincy

According to Mike Garafolo, the Bengals will host Broncos DE Robert Ayers for a visit on Tuesday.

Ayers has reportedly drawn interest from the Cowboys and Giants, but has not made any visits.

The 2009 first-rounder had a career-high 5.5 sacks in 2013, grading out at an excellent +11.1 in 616 snaps according to PFF, including postseason.

Jets, Giants battling over DRC

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Disappointed contract and caponomics talk today in Peter King's latest MMQB column.

Instead of discussing the realities of overreported guarantees and bonuses, as much of the football media have chosen to do, King prattles on about how free agency is finally working, and that the so-called middle class players have reaped the rewards of this year's rising cap.

It could just be that PK doesn't know what he's talking about, as evidenced by what he wrote about Wes Welker's contract:

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Broncos to host Will Montgomery

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos will visit this week with former Washington center Will Montgomery, who was drafted by Carolina and played under John Fox and Dave Magazu as a rookie.

Per Klis, Denver would use Montgomery at center and have Manny Ramirez shift over to replace Zane Beadles at left guard.

Montgomery was released by Washington on Friday in a cap-related move; the team is shifting former Denver draftee Kory Lichtensteiger over to take his place.

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Broncos agree with, introduce Emmanuel Sanders

As expected, the Broncos have reached agreement with former Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders on what is being called a three-year deal worth $15M.

According to Aaron Wilson, $6M is guaranteed (it's unclear whether that's fully guaranteed, but we're guessing it is), and escalators could reportedly push the total value to $18M.

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Don’t consider the Sanders deal done until it’s done

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Expectations remain that Denver will host wideout Emmanuel Sanders at Dove Valley today and sign him to a contract.

Mike Klis reports that Sanders will take a physical today and sign a three-year deal, and that he was atop Denver's wish list at the position all along.

But several teams, including the Chiefs, are said to be quite upset with how the two sides have reached that juncture.

According to multiple reports, agent Steve Weinberg came to a verbal agreement with Kansas City for Sanders' services, and then shopped the deal around to Tampa Bay and Denver, and perhaps San Francisco as well.

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