Denver Broncos: Top 15 acquisitions of the decade

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T.J. Ward
SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 07: T.J. Ward #43 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after a play in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Signed TJ Ward in 2014

By: Baylor Bradac

Safety TJ Ward started his Broncos career in Denver, Colorado in 2014 when he signed a four-year free agent deal. Ward’s dominant, physical play quickly won the approval of the fans and the respect of his teammates. He was selected to the Pro Bowl 2014 after an excellent first season in orange and blue.

In 2015, he went on to be an important part of one of the best defenses Denver has ever seen.

Ward was a member of the famed “No Fly Zone”, the formidable Broncos secondary consisting of defensive backs Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib, as well as safety Darian Stewart. This defense carried the Broncos all the way to an AFC Championship, and ultimately gave Peyton Manning his second Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 50.

Ward was a house-hold name in Denver for a few years, as was the majority of that Super Bowl team, which is a big reason why he is on this list. You can’t talk about Super Bowl 50 without mentioning his fumble recovery and his interception. He played his best when it mattered most.

In his three seasons with the Broncos from 2014 through 2016, Ward racked up 222 combined tackles, 3 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 5 sacks.