wasn’t on the open market for long.
Just hours after the parted ways with the veteran defensive back, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told NFL Network’s James Palmer the are expected to sign Ward.
The former safety, who was released in part because of the non-guaranteed $4.5 million due to him in the final year of his deal, started 41 games in Denver the last three seasons and was a key cog in the ‘ 50 run. Ward logged 87 tackles and an interception last season, though he battled hamstring issues during camp and appeared to lose footing to second-year defender .
“[Ward] was a respected teammate whose attitude and physical mindset played a big part in our run,” general manager John Elway said in a statement after cutting the defensive back. “We thank T.J. for his contributions as a Bronco and wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
Ward, 30, will compete for playing time in Tampa with and , who the list as their starting safeties. Rookie and offseason addition also round out the Bucs’ two-deep at the safety positions.