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Broncos sign safety T.J. Ward

The Denver Broncos made a move to bolster their secondary Tuesday, signing former Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward.

Ward grew into his role at safety and had his best season in 2013, with 112 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and two interceptions. He also became much more of a team leader.

He is not the greatest coverage safety in the league, but he is a big, physical player who can play near the line of scrimmage in run support. He fits in a system that values aggressive safeties.

Ward was caught in a mini-controversy last season when he went low against New England's Rob Gronkowski after the tight end made a catch. Ward said he made a decision to go low to avoid a fine for hitting high, but the hit wound up sidelining Gronkowski for the season with torn knee ligaments.

A second-round draft choice in 2010, Ward started immediately as a rookie. He missed 10 games the next two seasons but bounced back to have his best season in his contract year.

ESPN.com Browns reporter Pat McManamon contributed to this report.