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T.J. Ward hints at interest in signing with 49ers

T.J. Ward

Free agent safety T.J. Ward is enamored with the thought of playing for the San Francisco 49ers. That is, if the feeling is mutual.

Ward may have revealed his interest in his recent KNBR appearance, discussing the team’s free agency and upcoming NFL Draft:

“Yeah, I’m going [No. 2 pick] Bosa. Definitely I’m definitely going Bosa. You need somebody who is going to get to the quarterback and opposite Dee Ford. I can see them being trouble for a long time. That’s what we had in Denver. We had linebackers that’s gonna run sideline to sideline. And I think that’s what Mr. lynch is trying to do right now. He’s going to bring two guys off that edge, that’s going to make the quarterback—and then you got playmakers on the back end. I don’t know if they have that yet, right now. They may need to get it in free agency. *coughs and laughs* but we’ll see what happens.”

The 32-year-old veteran wasn’t on an NFL roster this past season. He last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017, where he appeared in 12 games with three pass deflections and 30 solo tackles.

His most successful stretch was from 2014-2016 serving as a member of the Denver Broncos’ “No Fly Zone” with Aqib Talib, Bradley Roby, Darian Stewart, and Chris Harris. He also played for the Cleveland Browns for the first four years of his career.

The 49ers are in line for a new safety, after missing out on Earl Thomas (signed with the Baltimore Ravens) who was a top target on the market.

T.J. Ward has recorded 8.5 sacks, 443 solo tackles, and 10 forced fumbles over the course of his career.