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Broncos sign T.J. Ward

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 23: Defensive back T.J. Ward #43 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after an interception against the Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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The team with the NFL’s best offense is making a big push to improve its defense.

The Denver Broncos have signed free agent safety T.J. Ward, Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported and the Broncos have announced.

“Excited to announce we’ve agreed to terms with strong safety T.J. Ward,” Broncos G.M. John Elway wrote on Twitter. “He’ll bring energy and toughness to our secondary.”

Ward started all 16 games for the Browns last year and should provide an instant upgrade to the Broncos’ secondary. Ward was the No. 20 player in our Free Agent Hot 100.

The Browns are replacing Ward by signing free agent safety Donte Whitner, formerly of the 49ers.