Broncos release strong safety Darian Stewart
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Safety Darian Stewart is joining a crowded field of free agent safeties following his release Wednesday from the Denver Broncos, where he won a Super Bowl ring.
Oklahoma State, Oregon to play in 2025, 2026
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State and Oregon have agreed to a home-and-home football series with games to be played in 2025 and 2026.
Oklahoma State made the announcement Tuesday in a news release.
Oklahoma State will visit Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, on September 6, 2025. The Ducks will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on September 12, 2026.
Miller loves Pacman signing, takes friendly swipe at Talib
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller took a friendly, subtle swipe at former teammate Aqib Talib while praising the signing of veteran cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones .
"I think it's great," Miller said Wednesday following the team's annual kickoff luncheon at team headquarters. "Somebody said we didn't have no dogs. I mean, we've got dogs. We've got dogs."
Buccaneers Preview Capsule
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)
New faces: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DT Beau Allen, DE Vinny Curry, DT Vita Vea, RB Ronald Jones, C Ryan Jensen, DT Mitch Unrein, K Chandler Catanzaro.
Key losses: RB Doug Martin, DE Robert Ayers, Jr., G J.R. Sweezy, DT Chris Baker, DT Clinton McDonald, S T.J. Ward.
Gronkowski inactive for Patriots primetime matchup vs. Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New England star tight end Rob Gronkowski is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a thigh injury.
The Super Bowl champions added Gronkowski to the injury report after practice Wednesday, listing him as questionable. He's second on the team this season with 20 receptions for 318 yards and two touchdowns.
Broncos move on without founding member of No Fly Zone
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Aqib Talib laughed at the audacity of the question.
Of course, this Denver Broncos secondary is still the "No Fly Zone" after the release of three-time Pro Bowl strong safety T.J. Ward, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Yeah, ain't nobody flying," Talib said. "They still can't fly. The name doesn't change."
Ex-Broncos safety excited about opportunity with Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — T.J. Ward is excited about starting anew with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The three-time Pro Bowl safety not only feels he's joined a franchise on the rise after being released by the Denver Broncos, but is confident he can still play at a high level and provide veteran leadership.
"I'm going to do everything possible to help this team win," said Ward, who also drew interest from other clubs being signing a one-year, $5 million deal with the Bucs.
Buccaneers bolster secondary, sign ex-Broncos S T.J. Ward
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed safety T.J. Ward, two days after the three-time Pro Bowl selection was released by the Denver Broncos.
Ward spent the past three seasons with the Broncos, who cut him on Saturday. The eight-year pro helped Denver win the Super Bowl two years ago.
The Bucs cleared room on the roster for Ward on Sunday when they traded safety J.J. Wilcox to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Broncos Preview Capsule
DENVER BRONCS (9-7)
New faces: LT Garrett Bolles, RG Ron Leary, RT Menelik Watson, LG Allen Barbre, RBs Jamal Charles and De'Angelo Henderson, WR Isaiah McKenzie, NTs Domata Peko Sr. and Zach Kerr, OLBs DeMarcus Walker and Kasim Edebali, CB Brendan Langley, S Jamal Carter and DE Shelby Harris.
Placekickers, backup QBs secure jobs, lots of NFL trades
Decisions on placekickers and backup quarterbacks dominated Saturday's round of NFL moves as the league went to one day of cuts.
Lots of established players such as Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali, Minnesota defensive linemen Sharrif Floyd and Datone Jones, New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich and Chicago defensive end Lamarr Houston and wide receiver Cam Meredith wound up on injured reserve.
Brock Osweiler returning to Broncos as backup QB
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Brock Osweiler is returning to Denver 18 months after jilting the Broncos in free agency.
The Broncos agreed to terms with Peyton Manning's former apprentice Saturday on a one-year deal after the quarterback was cut by the Cleveland Browns. Provided he passes his physical Monday, Osweiler will serve as Trevor Siemian's understudy in his second stint in Denver.
Broncos release three-time Pro Bowler T.J. Ward
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have broken up the "No Fly Zone," releasing three-time Pro Bowl strong safety T.J. Ward with a year left on his contract.
General manager John Elway said cutting the eighth-year pro was a difficult decision "after everything he's done for our football team."
Broncos teammates come to Ward’s defense amid trade talk
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — If John Elway trades or releases veteran strong safety T.J. Ward, he can expect some bitter backlash from the Denver Broncos locker room. A cauldron of discontent could also confront Vance Joseph as he embarks on his rookie campaign as head coach.
Sloter rebounds in Denver’s 30-2 win over Arizona
DENVER (AP) — A slow start didn't rattle Kyle Sloter, and he's hoping it doesn't faze John Elway or Vance Joseph, either.
The undrafted rookie from Northern Colorado shook off two early sacks and a safety to lead Denver on touchdown drives of 98 and 96 yards Thursday night that sparked the Broncos' 30-2 rout of the Arizona Cardinals.
T.J. Ward’s teammates stumped by reported trade talks
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The notion of the Denver Broncos and strong safety T.J. Ward parting ways isn't sitting well with his teammates.
Von Miller said at the team's kickoff luncheon that he was taken aback by an NFL Network report this week that the Broncos were talking with other teams about Ward, who's entering the final year of his contract.
Joseph says he’s not aware of any T.J. Ward trade talks
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — If the "No Fly Zone" is about to lose one of its pilots, Broncos coach Vance Joseph isn't aware.
Joseph said Tuesday he hadn't heard anything about T.J. Ward being on the trading block following a report from the NFL Network that the Broncos have been in talks about dealing the Pro Bowl strong safety who's entering the final year of his contract.
"He's one of our better players," Joseph said. "So, I would be surprised."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Heading into OTAs, Denver Broncos first-year coach Vance Joseph declared that every period of every practice would be graded. Yet, when it comes to his quarterback competition , it's still time to teach, not test.
Broncos promote Joe Woods to defensive coordinator
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The "No Fly Zone" gets to keep its pilot.
Broncos coach Vance Joseph on Tuesday promoted secondary coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator, replacing Wade Phillips, who left for the Rams.
Chiefs’ Houston, Broncos’ top 2 tight ends out for showdown
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are missing top pass rusher Justin Houston and the Broncos are without tight ends Virgil Green and A.J. Derby for their important AFC West showdown on Sunday night.
Broncos safety T.J. Ward is also out with a concussion, while linebacker Brandon Marshall misses his third straight game with a pulled hamstring. They are joined on the inactive list by linebackers Quentin Gause and Vontarrius Dora and offensive lineman Connor McGovern.
Broncos rule out Ward, Green, Derby for KC showdown
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Broncos' narrow path to the playoffs grew even more precarious Friday when their leading tackler and top two tight ends were ruled out for this weekend's game against the Chiefs .
The Broncos (8-6) could see their playoff hopes evaporate with a loss to the Chiefs (10-4) on Christmas night.
Denver’s safeties had a monster game against Saints
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos head into their bye week at 7-3 and feeling good about themselves and their chances to make another Super Bowl run.
They can thank their safeties.
Darian Stewart had three takeaways and T.J. Ward got one in the Broncos' 25-23 win at New Orleans on Sunday that was secured by rookies Justin Simmons and Will Parks tag-teaming the first defensive game-winning 2-point play in league history.
T.J. Ward is the Denver Bronco’s Tasmanian devil
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — T.J. Ward never comes off the field anymore.
Why would he?
The versatile Denver versatile safety is in the midst of the best season of his seven-year NFL career.
His 42 tackles at the halfway point are eight shy of his total from all of last season, when he made the Pro Bowl for the second straight year.
The Broncos have a wealth of defensive stars to turn loose on opponents, from Von Miller's antagonizing tackles to Chris Harris Jr. shutting down route runners.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak taken to hospital with flu
DENVER (AP) — Broncos coach Gary Kubiak experienced flu-like symptoms and was taken from the stadium to a hospital by ambulance following Denver's 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said Kubiak was transported as a precaution about 45 minutes after the game.
High-flying Falcons don’t impress Denver’s safeties
DENVER (AP) — Apparently it'll take more than the Atlanta Falcons' groundbreaking aerial performance against Carolina to impress the Denver Broncos' "No Fly Zone" secondary.
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones bring the league's No. 1 offense to Denver for a showdown Sunday between the Falcons (3-1) and the unbeaten Broncos (4-0).
Flaws and all, Denver’s defense the NFL’s gold standard
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are working to plug the rushing lanes and escape routes that have fans missing Malik Jackson or at least his replacement, Vance Walker, who blew out his right knee in training camp.
If the Broncos can keep running backs and quarterbacks from breaking free, they should have a shot at fulfilling safety T.J. Ward's vision of becoming the best defense ever.
Broncos win Super Bowl rematch over Panthers 21-20
DENVER (AP) — Cam Newton will get a few extra days to recover from his latest beating by Von Miller and crew. At least he won't have to seethe for seven months.
Denver's dominant defense came up big against Newton again and the Broncos escaped with a 21-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers Thursday night when Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining.
The Broncos collected three sacks and hit Newton eight more times, not counting the abuse he took on his 11 runs.
Denver Broncos Preview Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (15-4)
New faces: LT Russell Okung, P Riley Dixon, RT Donald Stephenson, QB Paxton Lynch, DE Jared Crick, DE Adam Gotsis, S Justin Simmons, RB Devontae Booker, FB Andy Janovich.
Key losses: QB Peyton Manning, QB Brock Osweiler, DE Malik Jackson, ILB Danny Trevathan, P Britton Colquitt, S David Bruton Jr., TE Owen Daniels, S/KR Omar Bolden.
DENVER — Practicing against the reigning Super Bowl champions meant the 49ers had to endure the Denver Broncos' taunts and swagger, and also their talent.
Next up is Saturday night's exhibition, the 49ers' first road game under coach Chip Kelly.
"Any time you get to go against great competition, then you look out there and you see Von Miller and T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib, that can speak volumes in terms of how you can gauge yourself," Kelly said this week.
Injury, QB questions loom over 49ers-Broncos joint practice
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A couple of fights broke out, the Broncos suffered another key injury and ongoing quarterback questions for Denver and the San Francisco 49ers marked the joint practice Wednesday ahead of the exhibition game Saturday night between the teams.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Shortly after the Denver Broncos began training camp Thursday with Jay Z's "On To The Next One" blaring over the loudspeakers, their safeties and cornerbacks donned actual blinders.
"It's about focusing on one thing at a time and focusing on what you're supposed to be focused on," safety T.J. Ward said. "You're supposed to be reading the quarterback and supposed to have your eyes on the receiver. Just training your eyes."