Joseph doesn't expect trade of Ward

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Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said he "would be surprised" if starting safety T.J. Ward was traded this season.

Ward has been brought up in trade talks in recent weeks as the 30-year-old is entering the final year of his four-year contract he signed in 2014. 

"I haven't heard that about T.J.," Joseph said Tuesday, via The Denver Post.

"I've been on the practice field. He's one of our better players, so I would be surprised if he was, but I have not heard that."

The Broncos owe Ward $4.5million for the season with a cap hit of $5.75m. If the team were to trade him they would still have to pay the $1.25m difference of his prorated signing bonus.

Denver have had one of the best defenses in the NFL over the past few years with Ward being a big part of it.

Since the Broncos signed Ward in 2014, Denver have been ranked first each of the past two seasons in passing defense and ninth in 2014. He recorded 87 tackles with an interception in 14 games started last season.