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Bucs let go of Derrick Ward

Tired of a lackluster attitude and sluggish running, the Bucs didn’t even allow running back Derrick Ward to stay with the team until final roster cuts this weekend.

The team admitted their mistake from 2009 free agency, announcing they cut Ward after only one season with the team.

(This Bucs regime is getting good at quickly admitting mistakes; they dumped two coordinators last year and probably will cut ties with Michael Clayton this week one year after his big deal.)

We thought the Ward signing in Tampa for reasonable money made sense last year, but he didn’t perform in 2009.  The team didn’t seem happy with Ward’s work ethic, as he supposedly showed up to training camp this year out of shape.

The move cements training camp sensation Kareem Huggins as Carnell Williams’ backup and a favorite fantasy sleeper for everyone drafting this week.

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21 Responses to “Bucs let go of Derrick Ward”
  1. geeeeemen says: Aug 31, 2010 1:41 PM

    Weird. All Giants fans were sad to see him go, since he played pretty well for us. Never had an attitude problem or anything, always came to play. I wonder if the TB culture got to him.

  2. Slow Joe says: Aug 31, 2010 1:44 PM

    Huggy Baby and the Caddy!

  3. Jack Acid says: Aug 31, 2010 1:46 PM

    Kinda surprising, always thought Ward looked good in NY.

  4. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 31, 2010 1:52 PM

    bucs go 4-12 this year.
    Coach needs to brush up on his communication skills and get some gray in his hair, then the players might respect him more.
    But hey they beat the Saints last year! Shattering New Orleans’ dream of winning a Superbowl…oh

  5. In & Out Burger says: Aug 31, 2010 1:56 PM

    Now if they could just stop making them

  6. BenRapistberger says: Aug 31, 2010 2:00 PM

    I think Carnell Williams is the fantasy sleeper there, the guy is going in late rounds.

  7. Joe says: Aug 31, 2010 2:00 PM

    its real annoying that every thing that happens in the league now has some type of fantasy football implication.
    i hope fantasy football slowly dies soon …

  8. TampaBayBucs7-9 says: Aug 31, 2010 2:05 PM

    It is better that he is cut now and can sign with a different team with a week of PreSeason left.
    He will land on his feet.

  9. Mort says: Aug 31, 2010 2:09 PM

    Next up? Mike Clayton. You can’t blame last year (your worst year yet) on Jon Gruden, Nor the invisible preseason you had.

  10. nittanylion0 says: Aug 31, 2010 2:19 PM

    is a reunion with the Giants on the horizon? Ward wasn’t a bad kick returner and the Giants are sorely lacking at that position, and he would be an upgrade over the Giants’ 3rd string RB options

  11. TampaJoey says: Aug 31, 2010 2:21 PM

    See ya Ward and take Clayton with you

  12. Fat_Old_Sun says: Aug 31, 2010 2:32 PM

    Didnt TB front office giggle and laugh at the Bengals for wasting money?
    Wow. Clayton and Ward.
    2 wins this year?

  13. Revolution22 says: Aug 31, 2010 2:50 PM

    Cadillac Williams is a nice sleeper???

  14. jerry's kids says: Aug 31, 2010 2:52 PM

    Yeah right Joe, half the FFLers could run the Bucs better. We wouldn’t have shelled out for Clayton that’s for sure.

  15. majorlots says: Aug 31, 2010 2:54 PM

    it’s good to see the bucs offset some of that stupid from last year’s off-season

  16. jediwrstlr says: Aug 31, 2010 3:14 PM

    Oh man I hope the Steelers get this guy, he can be great if properly modivated.

  17. Ray says: Aug 31, 2010 3:22 PM

    Hey Spagnoulo! (Rams coach) Take a look at him….

  18. Dub410 says: Aug 31, 2010 3:24 PM

    Where are all the comments about how the organization should honor the contract they gave him and how they are greedy?!?!? Guess that only applies to players.

  19. raidersteve413 says: Aug 31, 2010 3:50 PM

    Ray says:
    August 31, 2010 3:22 PM
    Hey Spagnoulo! (Rams coach) Take a look at him….
    Is there really rams fans? honestly There no people who really folllow the rams right? I bet there was fans in 2000 like band wagon fans but theres no way theres real fans nowadays. I dont see St Louis as Football fans

  20. PFTiswhatitis says: Aug 31, 2010 4:43 PM

    Motivated NOT modivated.

  21. heartstl says: Aug 31, 2010 11:36 PM

    I think the Rams will pick him up. Jim Thomas suggested it in his Q&A today, maybe he has inside info. Or maybe he just sees how much Spags and co like picking up former Giants and Eagles.

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