NFL Free Agency Roundup: Broncos ink former Browns safety Ward

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Associated Press

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos have revamped their defensive secondary by agreeing to a deal with Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward on Tuesday.

Ward is coming off a season in which he had 129 tackles and two interceptions for the Cleveland Browns.

General manager John Elway called Ward a "young, explosive strong safety who is going to bring a lot of energy and toughness to our secondary." The Broncos struggled at safety last season, especially after losing Rahim Moore, who underwent emergency surgery to fix a blood-flow problem in his lower left leg in November.

Earlier in the day, Denver brought back one of Peyton Manning's targets, agreeing to a two-year deal with receiver Andre Caldwell.

Eric Decker, one of Manning's go-to receivers, is a free agent.

OTHER NOTABLE SIGNINGS

Philadelphia, S Malcolm Jenkins: Jenkins had 48 tackles, 21⁄2 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 14 games last year for the Saints.

Detroit, RB Joique Bell: Three years for $9.3M. Bell had a team-high eight touchdowns rushing last season. He was second on the team with 166 carries for 650 yards rushing.

Atlanta, DT Jonathan Babineaux: The Falcons made re-signing Babineaux a top priority, addressing one of the team's major needs before delving into free agency. A nine-year veteran, Babineaux had 49 tackles, two fumble recoveries, a sack and a forced fumble last season. Overall, he has played 138 career games for Atlanta, with 108 starts.

Indianapolis, PK Adam Vinatieri: Finished last season with the second-highest point total of his career (139), made 35-of-40 field goals and became the seventh player in league history to top 2,000 career points. He turns 42 in December.

Indianapolis, DE Arthur Jones: The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Jones started a career-best 13 games with Baltimore last season and finished with a career-high 53 tackles. He was Baltimore's fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft and spent his first two seasons with the Ravens when Colts coach Chuck Pagano was on the coaching staff.

Tennessee, WR Dexter McCluster: Signed away from Kansas City. The former second-round pick caught a career-high 53 passes for 611 yards and two touchdowns, and also had two punt return touchdowns, earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

Oakland, OL Rodger Saffold: Saffold is a versatile blocker with experience playing both tackle spots and right guard in four seasons with St. Louis. But he has had problems with durability, missing 17 games with a variety of injuries.

Baltimore, LT Eugene Monroe: Finding a way to retain the 26-year old Monroe was one of the Ravens' top priorities of the offseason. They now have the long-term answer at left tackle they have lacked since Jonathan Ogden retired following the 2007 season.

Denver, WR Andre Caldwell: Caldwell came on late in the season for the Broncos when Wes Welker was sidelined with a concussion. The 28-year-old Caldwell caught 11 of his 16 passes over the final three games of the season.

OTHER NOTABLE MOVES

Pittsburgh, cut LB LaMarr Woodley: Woodley will count $8.5 million against the team's cap number in 2015. Selected by the Steelers in the second round (46th overall) of the 2007 draft out of Michigan, Woodley signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2011, but has struggled to remain healthy.

San Francisco, Jacksonville trade: The Jaguars traded former 10th overall pick QB Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers for a future sixth-round draft selection.

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