Denver Broncos: Five potential trade options to improve Denver’s secondary
By Andrew Wade
Jimmie Ward, 49ers
Jimmie Ward is the great unknown. In his four seasons in San Francisco, he has switched back and forth between safety and corner each season. This season he started out as a free safety before settling in as the backup corner.
Ward was a first-round draft pick out of Northern Illinois University in 2014, and outside of a pretty strong 2015 season, he has been average at best. Again though, he hasn’t had a true position to play.
This could be the ultimate risk-reward scenario for Elway. Considering Ward is currently playing on his fifth-year option that the 49ers picked up last season, he will likely not be back next year. The 49ers do appear to be a playoff contender this season, but how much do they value Ward?
John Lynch is savvy and he has a great working relationship with the man in charge of the Denver Broncos’ roster, John Elway. If Ward performs well, it would be an infusion of youth to the Denver Broncos secondary. If he performs poorly, Denver cuts their losses at the end of the season.
Either way, he can’t really perform worse than Tramaine Brock has this season.