Derrick Ward ReleasedAugust 31st, 2010
Multiple Twitter messages, including those from Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune and dapper Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger are reporting the Bucs have released Kardashian-chasing running back Derrick Ward this afternoon.
This is yet more evidence that this nonsense Joe hears that “the Glazers are cheap” is baseless. Ward was a key free agent signed last year by Bucs general manager Mark Dominik to bolster a running back corps that has largely been impotent, as evidenced by one of the NFL’s worst yards-per-attempt figures.
Last year, Ward moped that he was underutilized. This spring, he found more excuses — between chasing a Kardashian — for his lack of productivity, including playing on a baseball infield in Miami in the first preseason game, a field that never hindered Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams.
The fact that Ward and his salary were cut loose tells Joe that Mark Dominik may not be as inclined as Joe once believed to have receiver Michael Clayton finish out his final year of a two-year contract.
This move almost assuredly means Kareem Huggins has made the squad and that perhaps Clifton Smith may also have avoided The Turk, though Smith’s status remains on the bubble with his reported gout and habit of putting the ball on the ground.