Any interest the Detroit Lions showed in free agent safety T.J. Ward was for naught as he has agreed to a deal with the Denver Broncos.
Broncos are signing former Browns S TJ Ward, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Financial details are just starting to be released but the deal reportedly averages $5.5 million per year. While that is a nice chunk of change, it isn’t necessarily out of the Lions price range. The initial cap hits are easily kept low based on the way the deal is structured. Cause for disappointment, yes, but probably nothing the Lions could have done short of overpaying.
The Lions, still in need of a starting safety to pair with Glover Quin, will have to turn their attention elsewhere.
As I said earlier, Chris Clemons would be great signing for Lions, but safety market going bananas right now. Reportedly competing with PIT
— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) March 11, 2014
In addition to Clemons, James Ihedigbo is another option and may represent the best value once the crazy spending settles down. Ihedigbo has familiarity with new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin as the two got to work together with the Baltimore Ravens.