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T.J. Ward | Defensive Back | #43

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/12/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
College: Oregon
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (38) / CLE
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Bucs S T.J. Ward was arrested for marijuana possession Wednesday morning.
It's a misdemeanor, and Ward is already out of jail. Signed ahead of Week 1 after surprisingly being released by the Broncos at the end of last summer, Ward was a flop in Tampa Bay. He played 405 snaps as the Bucs' No. 3 safety, showing well in run defense but expressing frustration with his role under DC Mike Smith as a part-time player. Ward is 31 and will be a free agent in March. Jan 3 - 12:59 PM

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Bucs SS T.J. Ward expressed frustration with his lack of playing time following the Week 7 loss to the Bills.

"I did not come here to rotate," Ward said. "I did not come here to be a part-time player." Fellow free-agent signing DT Chris Baker had similar thoughts on Twitter, saying, "FACTS. I feel the same way, bro." Ward played just 24 snaps against Buffalo, fewer than both Chris Conte and Justin Evans. Ward is averaging just 33 snaps per game. Baker is in the same boat, playing just 28 snaps per week. The Bucs gave Ward $5 million after he was released by the Broncos at final cuts. 30-year-old Baker got $9 million guaranteed as a priority signing in March. The Bucs have given up at least 30 points in three of their last five games.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 11:01:00 PM

Buccaneers SS T.J. Ward (hip) will play Week 6 against the Cardinals.

With both Lavonte David and Ward returning, the Bucs defense should be much improved.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Buccaneers SS T.J. Ward (hip) is doubtful for Week 5 against the Patriots.

Lavonte David (ankle) and Keith Tandy (hip) are also doubtful while Kwon Alexander (hamstring) has already been ruled out. Tom Brady is going to have a field day against Tampa Bay's injury-ravaged defense on Thursday night.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 04:37:00 PM

Bucs SS T.J. Ward (hip) is doubtful for Week 4 against the Giants.

Ward is an asset in run defense, but the Giants don't have any quality running backs anyway. Keith Tandy will likely start next to FS Chris Conte.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Buccaneers agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with SS T.J. Ward, formerly of the Broncos.

Denver cut Ward to make room for promising youngsters Justin Simmons and Will Parks to play more snaps, but there are no indications Ward is washed up. Still only 30 years old, Ward forced five fumbles and tallied three sacks for the Broncos over the last two seasons. Ward is an imposing tone setter at strong safety, albeit a coverage liability. He should still start Week 1 for Tampa Bay.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 12:59:00 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Steelers have interest in free agent SS T.J. Ward.

Ward is the top safety available after getting dumped during final cuts. The Steelers are one of three teams that have been connected, but aren't the frontrunners to sign him. Ward is expected to make a decision no later than Sunday.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 07:06:00 PM

Broncos released SS T.J. Ward.

The ex-Brown was headed into the final season of his four-year, $22.5 million deal. The move creates $4.5 million in cap space. Ward remained serviceable in 2016, but looked a step slower at age 30. He missed time with a hamstring issue this summer, and the Broncos decided they were comfortable with Justin Simmons as Ward's replacement. Ward should have a new home by this time next week.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 11:35:00 AM

NBC Denver reports the Broncos are expected to "part ways" with SS T.J. Ward by Saturday's cut-down deadline.

Reporter Mike Klis says the move will come "preferably by trade." That means release is on the table if a deal can't be worked out. Due a non-guaranteed $4.5 million, Ward missed most of training camp with a hamstring issue. In that time, the Broncos apparently grew comfortable with second-year pro Justin Simmons as 30-year-old Ward's successor. Ward would quickly and easily find a new home if cut loose.
Source: NBC Denver
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 03:10:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos have discussed trading SS T.J. Ward.

It is a bit surprising considering Ward played well last season and is only a year removed from three-straight Pro Bowl nods, but he is entering the final year of his deal. After discussing an extension with him in May, the Broncos may have decided they will not be able to re-sign him. Ward will turn 31 in December.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 01:03:00 PM

Broncos SS T.J. Ward (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

He's back after missing the last two weeks. Emmanuel Sanders also returned to practice after sitting out Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder issue. Ward was limited to individual drills on Tuesday but should be ready well in advance of Week 1.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 07:56:00 PM

The Broncos have opened extension talks with contract-year SS T.J. Ward.

Ward is entering the final season of a four-year, $22.5 million contract. He's been a solid run-stopping presence on the back end for Denver, but isn't a lock to be re-signed. The Broncos gave Darian Stewart an extension last year and have 2016 third-rounder Justin Simmons as an in-house replacement. Ward hasn't set any deadlines for a new deal.
Fri, May 26, 2017 06:44:00 PM

Broncos SS T.J. Ward (concussion) is out for Week 17 against the Chiefs.

Ward hasn't played since suffering a concussion late in the Broncos' Week 15 loss to New England. There was no reason for him to come back this week with Denver already eliminated. Ward will finish the year with 87 tackles, one interception and three forced fumbles over 14 appearances.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 02:26:00 PM

Broncos SS T.J. Ward (concussion) is out for Week 16 against the Chiefs.

Ward suffered the injury late in Sunday's loss to New England. Will Parks will likely draw the start in his absence. The Broncos will also be without top inside linebacker Brandon Marshall, who is still nursing a hamstring injury.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:00:00 PM

Broncos SS T.J. Ward is in the concussion protocol.

Ward played 74-of-75 defensive snaps against New England in Week 15, so it's unclear when he got hurt. Most of the league is playing on Saturday this week but the Broncos will head to Kansas City Sunday for a game on Christmas night. That gives Ward a little more time, but there's still no guarantee he'll be through the concussion protocol by then. Will Parks would draw the start at strong safety if Ward can't get the nod in Week 16.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 04:40:00 PM