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Derrick Ward could be on the chopping block

Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik may have to admit another mistake.

The team looks ready to cut the cord with wide receiver Michael Clayton, and running back Derrick Ward also could be on the way out.

Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune writes that Ward has “a lot of ground to make up and little time to do it” just to make the team.  The man outplaying Ward?  Kareem Huggins, who went undrafted out of Hofstra in 2009.

Ward, like Clayton, was given a big contract by Dominik last offseason.  Ward is due $3.25 million on the second year of his deal. That’s expensive for a backup, must less the third best runner on the team. 

This seems to be a case of a player getting a second contract and not going as hard as he used to.  Ward gained 409 rushing yards last year as Cadillac Williams’ backup.

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8 Responses to “Derrick Ward could be on the chopping block”
  1. pops2008 says: Aug 16, 2010 3:04 PM

    Well thats what the GM gets for giving starters money to a guy who was abackup/platoon guy with the Gmen. Maybe he could go back to NYG seeing that he had little wear and tear on his body last year and hope he can beat out Brown for the 3rd back spot

  2. cover2blitz0 says: Aug 16, 2010 3:10 PM

    see ya ward take clayton with you and ride your lambo off into the sunset filled with the free money you and clayton got. we got no room for a rb who whines because he had to play in the mud

  3. cacaw410 says: Aug 16, 2010 3:15 PM

    Ward, like Clayton, was given a big contract by Dominik last offseason. Ward is due $3.25 million on the second year of his deal. That’s expensive for a backup, must less the third best runner on the team.
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    much less?

  4. nittanylion0 says: Aug 16, 2010 3:42 PM

    i’m glad the Giants let Ward walk. he’s good, but he’s not worth big money. i’d welcome him back to the Giants if he wants to accept 3rd RB wages.

  5. brooks07 says: Aug 16, 2010 4:13 PM

    Ward is awful. The Bucs wil be a better team the day they cut him and Clayton.

  6. east96street. says: Aug 16, 2010 5:43 PM

    C’mon on back to NY, Derrick. We’ve got another 1,000 yd season waiting for you. Of course, you’ll have to take a paycut, but you should have a lot Tampa money left in your account to help tide you over.

  7. brasho says: Aug 16, 2010 6:31 PM

    That’s expensive for a backup, must less the third best runner ++++++++++++++++++
    Rosenthal strikes again….. “must less” Read your own garbage much or is it must?

  8. jester03 says: Aug 16, 2010 8:50 PM

    Ward and Clayton are Dominik’s only mistakes so far but I’ll take those 2 mistakes over A. Bryant anyday.The rest of Dominik’s decsions have been Brilliant!!! Go Bucs!!!

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