When the Denver Broncos released Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward in September, he generated quite a bit of interest on the open market before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, through six games Ward has been used sparingly and he expressed some regret over his decision after a loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
“I came here to be an impact player,” Ward said according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. “I’m at my wits’ end. I did not come here to rotate. I did not come here to be a part-time player.”
Ward had played in three games for the Buccaneers entering Sunday’s tilt with the Bills and had made just one start. He’s been fighting a hip injury throughout the season, but clearly he felt well enough to play more than the 54.2 percent of defensive snaps he’d been playing entering the contest.
With the Broncos and Browns, Ward rarely came off the field and established himself as one of the most feared run-stopping safeties in the National Football League. On Sunday he recorded four tackles and was beat by Logan Thomas for a touchdown in coverage.
Ward signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers, so don’t be surprised if he tests free agency again next offseason if things continue along this path in Tampa Bay.
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