Top free agents speculation: TJ Ward – What would he look like in Green Bay?

Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) gets congratulations from guard Jason Pinkston (62) after returning a fumble for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

 

Continuing this series focusing on free agency, we set our sights on an article by NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling on the top 25 free agents.

It got me to thinking, “Who on this list would fit in with the Green Bay Packers and what would it look like?”

(Note: All of these articles are simply speculation as we consider the players on this list and what might be the case if they became Packers; we’re not convinced that Ted Thompson would sign any of them – but it’s fun to think that way anyway)

We are all the way to number five, the person everyone is talking about as option 2 in the Jairus Byrd sweepstakes, TJ Ward.

Ward is another player who could be a casualty of his team’s new management, whomever that may be. The Cleveland Browns have yet to hire any sort of coach so what the plan is for next season is very “up in the air.” Ward has been in Cleveland for 4 years and missed a large part of 2011 with a sprained foot.

Ward has had a decently good career with 5 picks, 24 passes defensed, and 232 tackles. Ward had a pretty good season this year with 2 picks, 7 passes defensed, and 75 tackles. He was also healthy for the first time since his rookie year, starting all 16 games. Ward was selected as a second team All-Pro by Associated Press.

Ward could make an impact with the Packers. I think he would assuredly take the spot next to Morgan Burnett from MD Jennings (if Jennings even gets re-signed). My only worry is that while he definitely had a good year last season, what would happen when he got paid? He has not been consistent versus the pass and is more of a run defender. While the Packers definitely need help there, they have enough problems with a simply unbearable pass defense than to sign a player that is more of a run defender.

Ward would fit the scheme, as he played in a 3-4 with the Browns last year. One of the bonuses of Ward is the fact he is really aggressive in his play style and that will rub off on other players. The Packers have been accused of being “soft” and rightfully so.

So, for the first time so far, I am not so sure on this being a good fit. What about you? Leave a comment below!

Topics: Green Bay Packers, Morgan Burnett, TJ Ward

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  • Anthony Dunn

    Mike Mitchell is going to be a FA this year. Coming off a really strong season in Carolina. He was a second rounder…how many years do you think GB will be offering? Would he work?

    • David Burdette

      He’s a good bring up that isn’t on the list. I’ll definitely follow up with him in an “honorable mention”. Thanks Anthony.